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oct 2: very basic electronics, soldering, workshop license, software

Very basic electronics


Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint, the filler metal having a relatively low melting point. (from wikipedia,


  • Heat up properly all the parts you want to join. Larger parts take longer.
  • The solder flows toward the hottest point. Iron on one side, solder on the opposite.
  • Do not preload the iron tip with solder and try to apply it to the parts. It won't work and/or will produce an unreliable joint.
Online resources:

Sofware we will use during the course


Download and install Processing (current version 0148 beta) using the instructions and notes on this page


Download and install Arduino (version 0012) from


Download and install Phidgets from

Mac users can install the Mac OSX Framework

Windows users can install the Phidget 21 MSI

Linux users can install from source Linux Source

courses/2008.10.02.intro_prototyping.txt · Last modified: 2008/10/02 12:09 (external edit)