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1. Introduction

Welcome to the Bowie Brain Kit! This will guide you through the soldering steps that are needed to make the electronics portion of your Bowie robot. You will be soldering mainly through hole components. The most difficult step involves some surface mount soldering of headers, but the instructions will guide you through to do it properly. Let’s get started!

Tools required:

  • Soldering iron
  • Solder (your choice – lead free or leaded)
  • Third hand tool
  • Desolder wick braid, or desoldering tool (just in case there are mistakes along the way)
  • Diagonal cutters
  • Painters tape
  • Screwdriver with bit kit

Please note, when you are cutting the leads with diagonal cutters, to be cautious and wear eye protection. Sometimes the leads can accidentally go flying in weird directions, and you don’t want to get hurt.

Here are all the components in the Bowie Brain Kit. Make sure to check the parts that are in your kit to familiarize yourself with them before beginning!

This is what all the components of the Bowie Brain Kit look like from above.

Here is what the final product looks like (minus its lid). This is what we will be making.
Home First components: resistors and diodes →

Page last updated on: Tue Apr 7 20:25:42 2020