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Old 08-10-2019, 04:12 PM   #161
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i'v done that, but insulated wire has more possilbilty's for routing - if it's not going to disolve on the soldering tip!!
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Old 08-10-2019, 05:25 PM   #162
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With a stereo microscope and decent tweezers it's possible to do crazy routing with non insulating.
I have some of that chineae wire and my issue has not been the wire melts but I seem to have an issue getting the coating off.
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Now there's a problem I didn't initially think of: the wire itself melting. I DID work with enamel copper wire before to run jumpers for destroyed pads on micro USB connectors on phones and tablets at my old shop, but not this thin and I agree: getting it to tin properly was a chore. I tried different methods over the years like taking a razor blade to it and gently scraping or taking a flame to it, but none produced satisfactory results. The blade method almost worked, but it often left behind uneven results, since the wire is round and the blade is flat, so getting ALL the coating off was impossible. The flame got the whole coating off in one go, but of course charred the wire which made tinning difficult, again, resulting in uneven coverage...the chaps over on Ali claim the coating comes off with just the iron, so fingers crossed it works
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:26 AM   #164
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I found a small bobbin of 0.1mm wire this morning that has a bronze colour coating similar to your link.
I can't see the coating meting away but i am able to solder the end and then bend the wire and solder and melt the coating at the same time on the next pad. Even at 500c there is no meting of the wire but then it's 10 times thicker than 0.01mm, that's insanely thin.
Possibly a bit to thin IMO for laptop trace repair.
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Louis uses 0.08mm wire, so as I was searching for that exact size on Ali, those 0.01mm and 0.02mm spools popped out and I just went for it thinking thinner is better, not to mention they were very cheap. Like you said, I have NO idea how this is going to work as that is indeed microscopically thin...we're talking 10 friggin' microns here (20 if I use the "thicker" one) ! I'm not even sure I'll be able to SEE it, let alone solder it
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i have the .02 - it is hard to see!!!
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I got the 0.01 and 0.02 as well, so fingers crossed I don't drop the spool off the desk and it turns into a hairball
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This showed up in the mail today. The photo doesn't really do it justice, so here's the product page to see for yourself. It took me a while to find this, since it's as close as you're going to get to a MicroPencil. It still uses the T12 standard and I stumbled upon it mostly by accident among the ubiquitous T12 tips. Haven't tried it out yet.
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