Thursday, July 31, 2014

Resources - "It Applies the Soldering Iron to the Lead-Free Solder"

Personally, as a fan of the "DIY" electronics kits published by organizations such as Adafruit and web resources such as Circuits@Home, I've looked forward to learning a better soldering iron technique than that of -- candidly -- my youthful "hacks", with regards to simple electronics. I wonder if there's a course at DeVry U Online, in which there would be some coverage specifically about soldering iron technique -- for soldering and desoldering?
Of course, I notice that the ECT CRC kit includes a PCB, so I presume that we'll be studying soldering, at some point -- perhaps, in a given week's lab work? In looking ahead, then, I wanted to ask about the matter -- if it may be possible to be sure of that -- whether as students of these ECT courses, we may be, at some point, studying how to apply a soldering iron, to solder an electronics component to a PCB? Personally, I hope that it could be supportive of some practice in DIY/Hobby work, if not later, professional shop work, to study that particular feature of electrical engineering, in addition to its coverage in the course.

Moreover, I hope that I might be able to share some resources, here, such that might help to provide some elucidation about the topic of soldering iron application -- at least for soldering, though here, not insomuch with regards to desoldering.

Application: Proto boards?

In regards to the "DIY" electronics domain, personally I'm a fan of the BeagleBone Black (BBB) single-board computer platform and its ARM Cortex MCU -- one Texas Instruments (TI) "Sitara" AM335x. In my opinion, the BBB platform has an advantage over the Raspberry Pi (RPi) single-board computer platform, in that the BBB is thoroughly documented in public design documents [CircuitCo] as well as in the complete manual for the AM335x MCUs, published by Texas Instruments [TI]. In some contrast, there are design documents available for the RPi. However, the MCU on the RPi-- one Broadcom BCM2835 -- is not presently described in as much detail, publicly [RPi Forums] contrasted to the BBB and its AM335x MCU.

As far as applications for soldering, as in a context of endeavors in hobby and study, I'm aware that there's a Proto Shield extension available for the BeagleBone Black -- for instance, as via Adafruit. Presumably, the Proto Shield would require an application of a soldering iron, as well as a discrete extent of formal or informal circuit analysis -- towards the Proto Shield's own safe and effective usefulness in circuit prototyping, such as in extending on the TI AM335x MCU and its PRU-ICSS submodules in DIY electronics projects, if not in formal academic studies?

Personally, in some fewer words, I'm only assuming that a proto shield would need a soldering iron.

Further Resources

Having discovered some practical resources online, with regards to soldering, I hope that these resources might be of some help to my fellow students in these ECT courses. To share this small number of resources, here, these public reference items online:

[1] Daycounter, Tim. How to Solder and Desolder Surface Mount Parts. Daycounter Inc.  2004
[2] Adafruit Learning System. Adafruit Guide to Excellent Soldering. 2014
[3] Johnson Space Center (NASA). Through-Hole Soldering, Single In-Line Package (SIP), from NASA Workmanshp Standards, Pictorial Reference