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Are you sick of spending ages carefully aligning stencils so your solder paste is applied Just Right? Have you wasted paste or had reflow jobs fail because you weren't precise enough or you knocked the stencil while removing it? This fixture block will speed up the job of applying solder paste and improve precision at the same time.
You are buying a PCB fixture block and steel dowels for doing solderpaste stencil work. It's compatible with the stencil8 system.
The block measures 200mm x 300mm and is 10mm thick - perfect for a standard A4 sized stencil.. It's made out of high quality Aluminium, which is very flat and consistent in dimension. A grid of 2.5mm holes is milled using a high precision CNC machine at 10mm intervals. Rubber stops on the bottom ensure the block doesn't slide around while you're using it. Included with the block are 12 precision steel dowels, 2.5mm diameter by 14mm long. They look gorgeous, and I couldn't be happier with the quality of this batch.
The holes are laid out in a pattern that allows you to use any stencil8 stencil measuring up to 200 x 300mm in size, while keeping the hole count down to minimize costs. If you'd like one with a full grid of holes, you can get that here.
Your tooling block will be shipped carefully enclosed in a robust shipping box, ensuring it arrives in pristine condition.
Usage is simple: Insert tooling pins into the block, place your PCB or panel onto the pins, place the stencil on top, and use a squeegee to wipe the paste over the stencil. The precisely machined block and pins allow your stencil to be positioned exactly on top of the PCB, eliminating positioning hassle and making everything much faster and smoother.
If you're designing a PCB, simply include 2.5mm holes in the PCB and stencil on 10mm boundaries and you're sorted.
Jan. 1, 2014, 1:35 p.m.
Can this PCB fixture work with PCBs from OSH park? (Those stencils use tabs instead of scoring.)
Jan. 1, 2014, 2:27 p.m.
They'll work with any PCB with 2.5mm tooling holes on 10mm boundaries. I've personally used them with both v-scored and mousebite-and-tab boards.
June 17, 2013, midnight
Nick/Zack: We just received our Stencil8. Great product! Could you be tempted into offering a "phat" version of Stencil8 with the entire aluminum panel covered with holes, not just one quadrant? I have my PayPal account at the ready if you can be so tempted. Obviously it needs to cost more than the present one with fewer holes. Jim Olson Indianapolis, IN US
June 18, 2013, midnight
I'd love to offer a fully populated version of the stencil8. My margin on this is very low, though - I'm mostly doing it as a service to other hobbyists - and in order to offer them at an affordable price, I need to order a number upfront.
I'll look into this, though, and see what I can sort out.