Date

12-2009

Degree Name

BS in Industrial Engineering

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Lizabeth Schlemer

Abstract

Electronics soldering is a technique used frequently in the manufacturing of Printed

Circuit Boards (PCB) to attach small electronic parts or wires together. Often times

the need to remove a solder joint arises; this is known as desoldering. Solder wick,

fine braided copper wire infused with rosin, is one of the most effective ways to

desolder because it results in the cleanest joints. Currently using solder wick

involves several time consuming and somewhat awkward steps. This report will

cover the process behind designing, manufacturing, and testing a new ergonomic,

dispenser for solder wick that can be used with one hand. After coming up with a

new design, I made a functional prototype to assist in testing the design. The

prototype was made with an ABS plastic material. To determine if the Solder Qwik

Pen is a significantly faster method to use compared to a coil of solder wick, an

experiment was done. The experiment’s results showed that the Solder Qwik Pen

did have a significantly faster average time among users than the solder wick coil.

Not only is the Solder Qwik Pen an improvement on the old solder wick method of

desoldering, it could easily lead to other products being sold as companion

products.