DIY SMD Vacuum Pickup Tool 2

DIY SMD Vacuum Pickup Tool

In this post, I’ll show my DIY SMD vacuum pickup tool. I bought this vacuum pump SMD pickup but it had no way to be turned on/off. There is only a hole on the vacuum “pen” that you can cover with your finger to make or release the vacuum. I decided I would mod it and make it operable with a footswitch. When pressed the vacuum pump is turned on and when you let go the vacuum pump is turned off while the valve is opened at the same time to release the vacuum and instantly drop the SMD part from the nozzle.

diy solder paste dispenser

DIY Solder Paste Dispenser

In this post, I’ll show my DIY solder paste dispenser. It’s powered by a 12V adapter and can be operated by a footswitch(connected via banana connectors). It uses a small membrane air pump/compressor to dispense the solder paste/flux. Additionally, there is a solenoid air valve connected to the airline so the pressure can be released after you let go of the footswitch which prevents the solder paste or flux from oozing out. The pump and valve timing is controlled through a relay module by an attiny45 microcontroller.

TV RCA Image Output with Arduino featured image

Arduino TVout library Image Output

In this tutorial, you will learn how to output video from an Arduino and display it on a TV. Here we will specifically, see how to output an image. If you would like to know how to make the adapter or know more about the other functions available(outputting text, shapes, pixels) in the TVout library see this post.

TV RCA Output with Arduino

Arduino RCA Video Output to TV

In this tutorial, you will learn how to output video from an Arduino and display it on a TV. We will make a board/cable adapter that will connect the Arduino to the TV through the RCA input. Then we’ll look at some of the functions available to us in the TVout library and use them to output something to the screen.

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