[sdiy] [OT] LM13700 spotted in commercial product of big Manufacturer

David G Dixon dixon at mail.ubc.ca
Mon May 16 18:17:52 CEST 2022

You're missing my essential point:  I build electronics by hand for
pleasure.  I derive no pleasure from handling tiny parts that I can barely
see and that have to be installed on the solder side of the PCB.  I have
installed SMD parts on boards by hand, and it is almost impossible for me.
On the other hand, I have systems for making through-hole PCBs and
installing through-hole parts that make it a snap to do.  I'm actually a bit
of a through-hole ninja.  For example, in one of my common builds, I require
60 10k resistors on two PCBs.  I can prepare and stuff those resistors in
less than 10 minutes, while watching TV at the same time.  I defy anyone to
do that with SMD resistors without a pick-and-place machine.


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From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of Mike
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2022 3:20 AM
To: Gordonjcp; synth-diy at synth-diy.org
Subject: Re: [sdiy] [OT] LM13700 spotted in commercial product of big

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> Conversely, I pretty much gave up on constructing electronics until I got
into doing SMD, because through-hole is such a fiddly pain in the arse to
deal with.  SMD is so much easier.
> Gordon

Same here.   MUCH easier to get an assembly house to make it up for me :-)

And at the prices JLCPCB charge for assembly it's now often cheaper to do a
re-spin than spend hours performing major surgery to a first prototype.

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