While making a reflow oven was fun and resulted in a good addition to the toolset available, the real reason was to be able to complete an LED design that is in the works – the uSolaire 180. (More to come in regard to this…)
Originally – and naively – I though that it shouldn’t be a problem to solder a metal core PCB. Heat the board up, maybe quite a bit, and then “attack” it with a soldering iron. That feeling of ‘oh oh’ when things don’t go to plan can be a sinking one… Particularly when on then thinks: now what?
So with the reflow oven now built and performing approximately as it should, what better way to test it than on something more serious. Time to put the game face on! Below are the various photos taken of the board and end result.
And to the obvious question: did it work? Yes
(Really! Where is that happy dance emoticon when one needs it!)
A little more seriously: I had enlarged the pads – beyond the size from the LED data sheet – presuming that I would hand solder the LEDs. So they’re not very accurately located, but c’est la vie – the life of a prototype board. Beyond this the board lights up like Clark Griswald’s house at Christmas.
For reference purposes, also find below the temperature profile of the solder reflow for the board.