Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SMD Beak

An SMD Beak is used to hold a surface mount device in place as you solder it, leaving both of your hands free to hold your iron and solder. The idea came from Vpapanik. The beak must be sharp in order to grip the device you are soldering, and have enough mass so as not to be moved easily. My design is adjustable and folds flat after use.

3mm mild steel was cut to 10mm strips.
Base is tack welded in place.
Holes drilled to fasten the arm with a wing nut.
Beak arm sharpened to a point.