DIY Solder Stencils with a Laser-Cutter

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:

  1. Paste each individual pad by hand with a syringe, or;
  2. 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.

Laser-cutting a polyamide film stencil Using the laser-cut stencil with a prototype

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