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Build information around the Boldport Club project 23 - Pips -- a fancy die implementation using a 9V battery

Bits & pieces

Board and pieces

Placing the through-hole parts

I'm starting by placing most of the through hole parts, essentially all which can be fixated with solder from the top in their respective place. This means all parts with the notable exception of the battery holder, the chip socket and the LEDs. Since the footprints on the board are nicely matching up with the size of the components one simply has to bend the legs close to the body to make that happen -- as usual a great design by Saar.

Placing most TH parts

Fixating the placed parts

To ensure the parts don't move I'm soldering one leg of each from the top.

Placing most TH parts


I wanted to go for the highly unprofessional but good locking dome soldering style so I'm turning the board around and snipping away all legs, as close as possible to the PCB.

Sticklers! Legs be gone


Now it's time to create the first set of shiny domes...

Domes part I

Socket placing

To place the socket I'm simply sticking it in, turn the board around and snip away one of the end pins and its diagonal counter part. Then, while carefully putting my finger on it to keep it in place, I solder the two corner pins, trim the rest of the legs and solder them, too.

Socket goes in

Soldering the LEDs

For the LEDs, I'm first placing all of them on the board (minding anode and cathode!), then I put my hand on them and turn it around. Now I snip 1 leg of each LED, put my finger on the LED to make sure it's flush with the board and then solder the snipped leg; continuing my way through all of them. Then if everything is verified to be nice looking I snip all the other legs and solder them as well.

Placing the LEDs One leg of each LED soldered

Battery holder

Now the battery holder parts are going in on the solder side and fixated with solder at the center tap, making sure they're reasonably flush. Then I turn the board around and secure the sides of the poled with some more solder.

Battery holder poles And back to the component side

Firing it up

And that's it. Now it just needs to be tested, cleaned and of course do the the requested lucky roll...

Rolling And the Lucky roll is ... 2

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