The SMD beak
I ordered this awesome N|Watch kit the other day, which requires some serious SMD hand-soldering skills.
There’s always the easy alternative to use a reflow oven, but guess what, there is no stencil included (and no, I don’t have a paste dispenser). In a desperate need of a third hand (!) in order do a neat job, I saw some similar DIY solutions (thumbs up for Google images) and managed to build my own version in less than 30 minutes, just using junk metal parts : the SMD beak !
Step 1 : The arm : find a metal rod (mine was 5 mm), file its tip to a conical shape (like a pencil) and bend it at about 90 degrees. Adjust its length to your preference.
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