Chuck Guzis wrote:
On 8/12/2006 at 9:59 AM Don wrote:
We'll be interested to see how your opinion
changes when your
eyes get 10 year older! ;-)
I concur. As you get older, not only do your eyes grow less acute, but
your hands grow less steady.
Yup. And changing focal distance becomes a noticeable "pause"
(e.g., looking from the magnified view of the object to the
*actual* object requires a small but measurable amount of time
before you can proceed).
I hooked up a small B&W camera (I find the LACK of color makes
the image easier to discern!) to a 14 inch LCD panel (I don't
have room for an extra monitor on my bench -- and the LCD I
can put on an articulated arm so it swings out of the way)
for close in work. But, it's still a chore.
I now strongly discourage clients from asking me to build
the prototypes and only do this sort of thing for my own
products (where I want first-hand experience with any
manufacturing problems that I might not have foreseen when
designing the packaging, laying out the boards, etc.)
Heck, I need a binocular loupe to read the
Ah. Stop reading the newspaper! ;-)
newspaper. That being said, I've done some minor
SMT PCB repairs; it's a
pain to see and hold steady, but perhaps some creative tools can be worked
As far as mounting things, at one time, there was a "do it yourself hot
air" soldering tool for SMT. I can't find the link to it now.
I bought a Leister many years ago. Pricey, at the time, but
quite worth it.
I use a low grade adhesive to hold stubborn parts in place.
I've found that using paste and a good dispenser lets many
parts "self-locate" (if you've got a good mask on the board).
Always amusing to watch them "float" into place :>