15IPS Assembly Guide
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You'll need the tools below to complete this build.
We recommend an adjustable-temperature station, such as the $40 Weller WLC100.
You can use 60/40 "leaded" solder or lead-free. We recommend 60/40 because it flows better and is easier for beginners to use.
You'll need a pair of good "snips" for cutting of the excess leads after soldering.
These tools aren't strictly necessary but can make your build a bit easier.
If you find the color bands on resistors a bit hard to read, you can use a meter to sort them with absolute confidence.
If you accidentally solder something in the wrong place, a desoldering pump can save the day.
Identify and Sort Components
Before you begin stuffing the board, it's a good idea to sort the components using the 15IPS Component Sorting Sheet (PDF).
Install Standoffs and Connector
Begin by snapping in the white nylon standoffs. Look closely at which side you are inserting. You should feel it snap in by inserting the flat side of the standoff into the Colour PCB. The other side is more rounded, which will make it easier to remove the Colour from the pallet. In order to keep the connector in place and level, snap in the stand offs before soldering.
Install Standoffs and Connector
Install Resistors and Bend Leads
Solder and Trim Resistor
Place Remaining Components
Diodes and IC Socket
Repeat the same process for the diodes. Unlike resistors, however, diodes must be installed with a certain orientation. Make sure to match the lines on the diodes with those on the PCB legend. Once all the diode leads are bent and held into place, insert the 8-pin IC socket into position, making sure to align the notch in the plastic with the notch on the PCB. Then flip the PCB over while holding the socket in place and solder the socket’s pins. If needed, use a small piece of tape to hold in place before flipping over. Trim the leads of the diodes.
Note: Because some batches of the 1N34A diodes are especially fragile, your kit may contain two extras. We threw these in just in case one breaks or arrives damaged.
- IC1 orientation: is the dot on the IC on the side closest to C2?
- Diode orientation: are the stripes on D1-D10 aligned with the stripes on the PCB?
- Resistors: do all of the resistor positions correspond to the chart in step 1.2?
- Soldering: Is every solder joint shiny and clean? If one is cloudy or misshapen, try reheating it for 8 seconds and adding a tiny bit more solder.
- Trimming: Are all of the excess leads trimmed down as close to the joint as possible?
Before you wrap up, check the following things:
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