Hotrodding the GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Poolside, Nov 18, 2010.

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  1. Poolside

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    <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="650"><tr><td>I'm not complaining, dude. :-) These are just some missteps from getting back in the saddle. I had similar 'who's on first?' miscommunication issues when doing this regular around 20 years ago. This part was just supposed to done by now is all.
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  2. Poolside

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    <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="650"><tr><td>I was gonna say "Cue marketing!" but I can see they're all over it. :lol3

    Seriously though, I'm not planning on building more IICE Airs after this batch. I've got to start working on the next product, the IICE Cool, you know? But since there are so many more IICE Air boards I'll more than likely build out to match the minimum buy of enclosures. They'll be some extra.


    (Hey! Did you hear that, marketing?!)
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  3. slipknot

    slipknot Been here awhile

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    Since we're all in a good mood, when should we expect delivery?:D
  4. Poolside

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    We'll see :-) Looks like the first ones will ship next week before Friday.


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  5. jscottyk

    jscottyk Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the update Poolside. I'll keep an eye on the vendor area.
  6. johnjen

    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    Heh, marketing is nothing if not flexible.
    This means we can get all over the exclusivity of this AMAZING modern miracle cure all for the common cold.

    Oh wait, wrong account.
    never mind

    JJ :lol3
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    Sooo I might B able to get one afterall:super
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="650"><tr><td>The panels were drilled and plated on Friday. Yaay! Etch, mask, and legend started today.

    Roughly, the individual steps are,
    1. Panelize (create a multiple array of the final board on a panel)
    2. Photoplot (generate transparencies of the array for the etch and silkscreen processes)
    3. Drill
    4. Copper plate (this puts copper in the 'thru holes' on the board)
    5. Acid etch (chemically dissolves all the copper except for the circuit traces)
    6. Solder mask (a silkscreen process that covers everything but the circuit pads, usually green in color)
    7. Hot Air Level (coat the circuit board pads with lead free solder)
    8. Legend (a silkscreen process that identifies the parts on the board, usually white in color)
    9. Depanelize (rout or v-score the individual boards).

    Here's some cellphone pics of the drilling process.

    Eight 18" x 12" panels, 213 IICE Airs per panel.
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  9. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    If I cross my eyes when I look at this, I see a picture of Ewan MacGregor on his GS stuck in a mud bank .
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    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    It's funny you mention this.
    We talked about the inner 3d picture, when you get real close to your monitor and decouple your eyes and focus just so. :cob

    I won't tell you what I see because it should be a surprise, but the results were unbelievable to say the least. :evil

    JJ :rofl
    ps If only this were April 1st and not today¬Ö:D
  11. Airman Jack

    Airman Jack Faster! Lower! Faster!

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    213 per panel, times 8 panels = 1704 units :norton... gotta have a couple spares just in case eh?
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    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    Some of you may (or may not) notice that the big furball of consternation regarding Mr. COB's order (or lack of same) has been moved to the vendor thread.

    Yes my mac is back up and running, thank you very much.

    JJ
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    StYd Been here awhile

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    Sorry, I missed it, I was buying things using paypal.
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    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Damn, yall had me worried when I first saw that board...I was wondering where hell I was gonna stick that until I realized it was 2oo+ of em:lol3
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    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Thats funny......because I see this

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  16. Poolside

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    Now I see it. It was right there the whole time!

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    <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="650"><tr><td>Board report.

    I (and of course each of you) was expecting to have boards done by late pm Monday. Currently we are stuck at step 6 for the moment. Some dimensional issue with something called 'solder mask pad swell dimensional clearance'.

    I'm going there tomorrow to sort out the issue with their process, and see if the panels can get processed as is. Without describing the details of 'mask pad clearance', let me explain it by saying that since the board isn't a fine-pitch surface mount layout, the potential issue with the solder mask will at most be a minor cosmetic blemish.
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="650"><tr><td>Quite! :-)
    The quantity of boards sort of propagates forward from the minimum copper/fiberglass laminate sheet size of 48" x 36". The IICE Air boards are .880in(22.35mm) square. So that's a whole lot of 'em.
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    <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="650"><tr><td>Ok, the solder mask (step 6) issue was sorted, and that step was completed today. The lead-free solder coating (step 7) will be done Friday morning. The company that does the solder coating runs lead-free solder 1/2 the time, and Thursday is a lead-type solder day. The panels should be delivered to get the silkscreen legend applied (step 8) also on Friday.

    I spent an hour at the V-Score shop today (step 9), going over the CAD data to be sure there won't be any issues. CNC scoring is one of the simpler steps, but it's the last remaining automated process.

    I enjoyed chatting with the guy for a good while after, seems he's a bit of a kindred spirit. Not that that matters, but since I'll probably be making the boards this way for the future products (no sense letting this re-learning curve go to waste) it will pay to have a friend in the business.
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    Sounds great, just keep moving forward.
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