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Stencil Jigs

In Hardware on Apr 4, 2010 at 00:01

Ok, I’ve prepared a couple more Stencil Jigs for applying solder paste:


Here’s one in more detail:


Basic idea is that a couple of scrap PCB pieces are hot-glued to an A5-sized piece of foam board to keep the panel in a fixed spot. Then add the stencil and fix it to the jig in exactly the right spot.

The placement of components is still a manual task, and quite a precision job for some of the latest boards, but by now my daughter and I are starting to get quite good at it – yep, it’s become a family thing :)

The new jigs will speed up production of the ever-growing Jee Labs collection of JeePlugs and other boards!

  1. Just out of curiosity: why don’t you outsource the board assembly ? (e.g. order PCB’s with at least all SMD’s preassembled)

    • If you have suggestions on where to do so, I’d be interested to hear them. I can’t afford Q1000 runs…

  2. What are you doing for reflow ? Are you using Pb free solder or just the normal stuff ? Congrats on getting the daughter involved. I’ve got a few kids I’d love to get doing SMT, but I’m not quite there yet. Best regards.

  3. Hm, my second comment seems to have vanished.

    Anyways: Seeed Studio has a small scale manufacturing service, see: and:

    But there might be more out there ;-)

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