I’ve just shared a new tutorial: "DIY Solder Stencils with a Laser-Cutter"
When it comes to assembling a prototype Printed Circuit Board (PCB), there are a couple of options for applying solder-paste:
- Paste each individual pad by hand with a syringe, or;
- Use a stencil to paste all pads in one pass.
The first option is quite labour-intensive but extremely accessible for the average maker: great for low-quantity prototyping with minimal cost and tooling. The second option - stencilling paste onto a PCB - is truly a level-up if you have access to tools to make one.