Chapter One - Soldering the components
Now when you learned about soldering, it's time to put that into practice. Ready?
Part One - Soldering the first component
- The circuit board
- The headphone jack.
It's important that you solder this component in the right place. Make sure that you have the circuit board facing upwards, as shown in the photos. Once you find the place for the headphone jack pins in the corner of the board (where the black and white stripes are) adjust the component so it fits all the way in.
Turn the circuit board upside down and get ready to solder the first component
Making the first connection
This is how your soldering connections should look
Nice! You soldered your first components on the board
Part Two - Soldering the pushbuttons
The circuit board and two pushbuttons
This is where you should solder your first pushbutton.
The first pushbutton is soldered to the board
The second pushbutton is soldered to the board
Part Three - Soldering the sliders
This is where the sliders should go!
Insert the slider
Soldering the first pin
Sliders soldered to the board from the back
Part Four - Rotary encoders
Components you need: 7 rotary encoders + board
Insert all the rotary encoders
Solder the first pin of the rotary encoder
Solder the rest of the pins (except for the two big ones)
Solder the five small pins and leave out the two big ones
Your soldering joints on all the rotary encoders should look like this
Part five - Soldering the screen
Components you'll need for this step
Insert the pin header
It's soldering time! Now, bear with us, this is important.
Solder only the first pin
Adjust the pin header by melting the solder on the first pin
The second slider
The third slider
Sliders soldered to the board from the front
Repeat the step if necessary until the pin header is perpendicular to the board
The first pin is soldered and should look like this
All the pins are soldered!
- Main board
- 4 big metal bolts
- 4 metal spacers
- 4 golden spacers.
All the components you need
Repeat the same step on each of the corners of the screen. Take one big metal bolt and one golden spacer per corner and make sure that they are tight enough.
Tighten the nut so it holds the screen in place
Repeat that step until all nuts are tightened
Tighten the bolts with the screwdriver
Time to use the soldering iron one more time!
Solder the pins that connect the screen
We hope you had a great time soldering the components. Sadly, you'll have to turn off your soldering iron now, but there are fun steps ahead, and we're not quite done yet! Please turn off your soldering iron by unplugging it from the power outlet. Leave it on the soldering iron stand for at least five minutes, so it cools off before you put it away.
Ready to continue?