stencils are in
A few months ago, Jared Boone made an interesting discovery: It is possible to use laser cut Avery labels as low-cost single-use adhesive solder stencils:
I have tried to reproduce his results but so far haven't matched his success. It seems that not all Avery labels are the same. Mine adhered more strongly to the PCB, making it impossible to remove the stencil without leaving adhesive and bits of torn label behind. (My guess is that the age of the label has something to do with it.)
When I started this Kickstarter project, I supposed that I would find a solution and that I would be able to add a single-use stencil to the $15 and $30 reward packages. Chris Myers, a friend of mine with a laser cutter, has been helping me test different materials, but our progress has been slow. The material I'm most excited to try is Post-It Craft Paper which is like a Post-It Note but with adhesive covering the entire back.
Unfortunately we didn't come up with a solution in time to ship with the Kickstarter rewards, so I ordered a whole bunch of Kapton stencils from OHARARP:
This is great news for recipients of the stencils, because you'll receive stencils that should last for dozens of uses. (I used just one such stencil to assemble all the Pogoprogs for the $30 reward packages.)
It took a little longer for the stencils to arrive than I had hoped, but then it took a little longer to have everything ready for the other reward packages as well. The stencils arrived today, and I have already started slipping them into envelopes. By coincidence, my first sheet of Post-It Craft Paper stencils from Chris also arrived today, but I'll resist the temptation of experimenting with it until after the rewards have shipped.
I now possess absolutely everything needed for all of the rewards. All that remains is to finish testing and repackaging the assembled Ubertooth Ones (mostly done) and to package and ship the rewards. I plan to ship everything Friday through Monday.
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Pledge $15 or moreYou selected
and receive an Ubertooth One printed circuit board that you can use to build your own Ubertooth One or keep as a souvenir. You will also receive a single-use laser-cut stencil to make the assembly process easier.
Pledge $30 or moreYou selected
and receive a printed circuit board and stencil for building your own Ubertooth One. In addition, you'll receive a fully assembled and tested pogoprog, a serial programming device that you can use to load firmware onto your Ubertooth One.
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
and receive fully a assembled and tested Ubertooth One.
Pledge $180 or moreYou selected
and receive two assembled and tested Ubertooth Ones.
Pledge $220 or moreYou selected
50 backers All gone!
and receive one assembled and tested Ubertooth One plus one special Kickstarter Edition Ubertooth One featuring the LPC1759 processor, an enclosure, and a special antenna.
Pledge $221 or moreYou selected
15 backers All gone!
and receive one assembled and tested Ubertooth One plus one special Kickstarter Edition Ubertooth One featuring the LPC1759 processor, an enclosure, and a special antenna. This is the same as the $220 reward, but I was able to open up a few more slots.
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