The first batch of parts arrived today! 02/18/2010
Its for real now. I just received the stepper drivers from digikey. Ive been emailing around for some quotes for the PCBs.....wait WOW the UPS just dropped off the rest of the parts from mouser while I was writing this post. Thats crazy. What perfect timing. Ok. so whats left? Lets make a list.
- Get the PCBs made
- Get a hot plate
- Get solder paste
- Figure out how to work with SMD
- Wait for back ordered parts from mouser
- Assemble, repeat, repeat
- Figure out how to get it all to work together.
- Cut some stuff out
After looking at some of those parts Im amazed at how small they are. Its taken me a long time to get to the point where I am willing to try SMD. I guess you look at how to after how to and the pictures give you a false sense of size. Well see how it goes after I get the boards made and come up with a hotplate. For everyone out there trying to get PCBs made, make sure you mention if your a student. One of the places I got a quote from offers a 50% discount. Unfortunately they were still higher than my lowest quote.
A bit of history on me and my build after the break.