MISC

YouTube review of Moteino R2, by Alan (w2aev)

Video introduction to Moteino Rev1:

How Moteinos are made

In the present all Moteinos are machine assembled on a pick and place and reflowed in a real 3-zone conveyorized reflow oven. Watch this video lapse of a MoteinoMEGA panel assembly:

In the beginning…

… they were hand assembled using various tools that I built to make the job easier and faster. For instance I was using a home-made SMD metal stencil to spread solder paste to the bare PCBs. I then place the SMD components using a manual home-made PnP (pick and place) “apparatus”. I reflowed the boards in a toaster oven following a reflow profile, and hand solder the transceivers on the bottom. I then set the fuses and load the bootloader using a programming jig.

apply pastebakeprogramming jig

Here’s a video of some hand assembly action: