madias wrote:Ok, you built the minimalist mini
As I see on your photos, you use very much solder on the smd parts. Have you ever tried something like this? ---> http://www.aliexpress.com/item/HK-MECHA ... 59211.html
Since I use this for smd I wont miss it anymore! Just a little(!) paste on each contact on the blank pcb, place the component, solder it, ready! Even a 64-pin STM32 is soldered within one minute.
I use paste a lot on small batches. I have only used it with a laser stencil and my little reflow oven. I have never even thought about dabbing paste on the pads, placing the part, and then using a soldering iron. I don't know why it has never crossed my mind. I will try that on my next board. I am working on a design right now with the RET6 with a TFT screen and sd card reader. Ill try it on there when I build the first prototype.