Mod Guru Cooks Up Sizzling Soldering Tools with an Old InfraWave Oven in element14's "The Ben Heck Show"

Fans invited to join element14 community for a chance to win Ben's super reflow soldering mod

Feb 21, 2012, 03:01 ET from element14

CHICAGO, Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, and modding extraordinaire Ben Heck use a bit of reverse engineering to transform an old-school InfraWave oven into an engineer's ultimate reflow tool on the latest episode of "The Ben Heck Show."



The latest segment covers the many intricate steps required to build a reflow oven, from deconstructing an InfraWave oven, to attaching a thermocouple, to mounting the solid state relay (SSR) control.  Special guest Chris Kraft also stops by to give a hands-on lesson in pairing an SSR with an Arduino Max6675 integrated circuit to help gauge the oven's temperature.

"I had a lot of fun with this show for a number of reasons," said Ben. "Not only was I able to hang out and collaborate with my good pal, Chris Kraft, but together we were able to engineer a staple in any design engineer's 'tool belt' – a handy reflow oven for those hard-to-mount components."

The final build is a budget-friendly solder oven featuring an LCD screen and controller case that is both creative and handy; enabling engineers to easily apply small surface-mount components to PCB circuit boards that generally can't be done by hand. 

"Ben's latest project uses a bit of creativity and engineering resourcefulness to turn an ordinary oven into an extremely useful tool," said Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell. "It shows you there are no limits to innovation when you combine a good design idea with helpful peer collaboration."

Fans of the show episode are invited to join the discussion online at element14 to enter for a chance to win Ben's custom soldering oven for hours upon hours of soldering fun.  

About "The Ben Heck Show"
"The Ben Heck Show" is a bi-weekly online television series aired in English that's dedicated to the science and art of system and hardware modding with a global audience of design engineers, students and electronic enthusiasts. Sponsored exclusively by element14, each episode spotlights Ben's mods of popular electronic devices while educating viewers on the underlying technology powering each project. 

About element14
Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for electronic design engineers. The community recently unveiled its element14 knode, a unique automated platform that enables engineers to quickly research, design, develop and prototype in a single, intelligent environment. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14). The company had group sales of 990.8m pounds Sterling and underlying profits of 93.3m pounds Sterling last year.

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