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Surface Mount Milling and Soldering

One of the major goals I had when I started working on milling PCBs was to be able to reliably mill boards with surface mount footprints - a number of parts I want to use are only available in that format and I am hoping to reduce the size of the boards I produce. This weekend I finally got some time to test out the process. The results weren't as good as I liked but I am happy with the progress. To start with I wanted some fairly simple boards to test the various footprints I will be using. I made up three designs: A simple LDO regulator board using the SOT-23 version of the MCP1702 and a col…

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