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Micro Soldering Station © GPL3+

The cheapest micro soldering station in the world, using a cheap USB soldering iron.

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Components and supplies

Necessary tools and machines

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Soldering iron (generic)

Apps and online services

About this project

Micro Soldering Station

Transform a cheap USB soldering iron in a powerful active tip soldering station.

With almost no thermal capacity this station regulates the tip's temperature instantaneously. Solder larger thermal mass with ease, it's magic.

FYI: Active soldering irons cost a lot of money

The cheapest micro soldering station ever:

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overview

Performance test

Features

  • Cheap & easy build under 10$
  • Temperature controled (PID)
  • Memories
  • Micro soldering tip
  • Serial command interface
  • Ploter (outputs usefull data)
  • Great User Interface with output power Bargraph
  • UI Sounds, with temperature reached warning.
  • Open Source Arduino based
  • Firmware Updates
  • 3D Printed Case
  • Wake up from standby iron pickup detection (by temperature sensing)

Materials

  • 1x Arduino Uno
  • 1x Nokia LCD Module
  • 1x USB Soldering Iron
  • 1x Thermistor 100k 3950
  • 1x 4 wire wire cable(usb cable works)
  • 1x 5mm Led
  • 2x 1k resistor
  • 1x 4,7k resitor
  • 1x 10n Capacitor
  • Kapton tape 10-20mm
  • 1x N MosFet (or use the Iron's pcb one)
  • 1x rocker switch
  • 10 x small screws 2.5x5mm large head

Schematic

Soldering Tip Diagram

UNO R3 CH340 Power Hack

Cut Power the trace underneath the PCB and connect a rocker switch in series.

Fritzing

Remove the pcb from the soldering iron and grab a cable with 4 wires (2 for thermistor, 2 for the heater). Poke an hole in the side of the iron's case, near the yellow nut, to pass the 2 wires and solder them to the thermistor. Use kapton tape to isolate the thermistor pins and to fix the thermistor's glass tip to the iron end with some kapton turns. The other 2 wires connect to the heater and the led with a resistor in series. (watch the polarity of the led) Remove the ball bearing and connect the led in the hole, break the spring post from the other side of the case.

User Interface Screenshots

Operation

Main view

  • < > temp up down
  • [click] cycle memories
  • [click & hold] store mem mode
  • [double click] settings mode

Stand by mode

  • [click] leave standby mode

Store mem

  • < > select memory to store
  • [click] store

Settings mode submenus

  • < > navigate submenus
  • [click] edit submenu

Edit submenu

  • < > change value up down
  • [click] exit submenu

Parts & Modules

100k thermistor (3950):

Arduino Uno R3 ch340:

Rotary Encoder:

USB Soldering Iron:

LCD:

Switch:

Code

GitHub
I'm using platformio to build this project. It will stay on github for now

Schematics

Main Schematic
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Diagram
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