Reflow Oven

I think a good first embedded project would be a reflow oven. I’m sure that I will learn a bunch on this project.

I hope to make the reflow oven out of a cheap but capable toaster oven where the temperature will be controlled to follow a reflow temperature profile.

As I see it now will be composed of the following major components:

  • Toaster Oven
  • Arduino controller
  • Temperature Sensor
  • Solid State Relay
  • LCD display
  • User Interface buttons (as required)
As I become more project savvy I’m pretty sure this lis will change but I need something to aim at to begin with.
Here are some links that inspired this project:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Toaster-Oven-Reflow-Soldering-BGA/#step1
http://www.elektor.com/news/elektor-presents-new-professional-smt-reflow-oven.1930324.lynkx
http://www.apsgold.com/reflow-ovens
http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/60
https://sites.google.com/site/undergroundengineerer/projects/practical-hobby-reflow-solder
http://www.seattlerobotics.org/encoder/200006/oven_art.htm
https://sites.google.com/site/undergroundengineerer/projects/practical-hobby-reflow-solder
http://www.madwizard.org/electronics/projects/reflowoven/1
 
There are more but these are a good start for the basic idea of what a reflow oven is for and how others have approached this project.
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  1. #1 by Jeff on 20Nov11 - 4:45 PM

    So between this and the 3D Printer, you will be able to completely rapid prototype entire gizmos.

    • #2 by eeAlchemist on 20Nov11 - 7:20 PM

      I hope so. A CNC might be next. A laser cutter would be nice.

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