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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Rileyesi, Nov 4, 2003.

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  1. Rileyesi

    Rileyesi Guest

    I got hooked on using IC insertion tools. I am using a new IC that is a 40 pin
    DIP, but it is only .300 wide and not the usual .600. I have looked high and
    low but can't find a tool that is designed for 40 pins that is only .300 wide.

    Anyone have any leads or tips? I tried making one myself, but it came out
    pretty bad.

  2. zalzon

    zalzon Guest

    what exactly are ic insertion tools?

    i just put my ICs through the holes in the board using my fingers.
  3. Rileyesi

    Rileyesi Guest

    I got hooked on using IC insertion tools.
    An IC insertion tool makes it easier to insert IC's into a PCB. One end of the
    tool has a trough that you push the IC into. The trough squeezes the pins
    together to the proper spacing. The spring force of the pns being squeezed
    holds the IC into the tool. You then insert the IC into the holes. The other
    end of the tool has a plunger that you push with your thumb. This releases the
    IC from the tool. The pins then spring back to their origonal width holding
    the IC into the board.

    Now, as to why I am looking for a tool...

    I made a bunch of boards trusting to the library artwork for the DIP IC's. As
    it turns out, the library artwork had the hole size too small. Inserting the
    IC's into the board is a royal pain, both time consuming and costly in bending
    the crap out of pins!!
  4. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

    Lay the edge of the chip on a flat surface so that the edges of the pins
    are on the surface, then press down on the chip and rotate it so that
    you bend all the pins at once. Do it on both sides if you want
    symmetry, otherwise just do one side, insert it into the PCB and solder
    it down. Done.
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