A reflow oven (plenty of homemade designs out there) would be nice for SMD components, but I have hand soldered some pretty small SMD parts. There are some other homemade devices, one made of a desoldering iron, that can make the job easier. My favorite is the Reflow skillet (http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/59
). Also, there are plenty of places online you can get the boards nicely manufactured once you have a layout drawing.http://batchpcb.com/index.php/AboutUs
In agreement about Mouser, Digikey and have also used PartsExpress (more audio related stuff).
I definately like the idea of the custom case. FYI, the link below looks just like the Guru Procom remote case? Here are a couple of places that have loads of premades and do custom.http://www.pactecenclosures.com/product ... classid=27http://www.polycase.com/
An LCD readout is also a must. I did find an article on connecting an LCD via the 1-Wire system. Also found out they have 1-Wire buttons and loads of other devices that could be cool addons.
But first things first, microcontroller platform? Existing premade or completely custom? Addon board? 1-Wire system or the TC-4 shield board listed above? The biggest unanswered question is software design and computer interface? Guessing that depends some on the microcontroller.
I am already partial to the Arduino and there is so much out there for it already. They are a whole $30, so anyone can grab one and develop from that base. I have already purchased a TC-4 with lcd/button board, but willing to chalk it to learning if we can actually come up with a better way to interface whatever temp device with the microcontroller. One downside to the Arduino is nobody is currently making a clone (that I have found) that has Wifi built into the base board. There was one company, but they went out of business in the last month. The Wifi cards add another shield layer to the board and considerable expense being they are only B & G ($50-$90 which is rediculous for that). Each additional shield layer complicates the case design too. If we stuck with only one additional shield, the case I posted in the first post was already custom made for the arduino board, one shield, button cutouts and an LCD. I am probably up to the challenge with handling the board soldering for those who need it (provided the numbers were not rediculous), but I am just starting out on the software side. Would need someone to take the lead on that aspect.
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