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Surface mounting Pi zero "spy" camera
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Surface mounting Pi zero "spy" camera

by hjelstromboli on Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:34 am

Hello,

I'm looking for a reliable way to constrain the "pi zero spy camera" to a pcb. Is soldering back plate of the camera to a large pad a plausible idea? Is it safe to pass the camera through a reflow oven?

Thanks,
Brandon
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Re: Surface mounting Pi zero "spy" camera

by adafruit_support_mike on Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:20 pm

The plastics of the lens assembly probably wouldn't make it.

A lower-temperature option would be to use fusible interfacing.. basically hot-melt glue in tape form, used in sewing. I use it to tack pieces of copper-clad together all the time. Dry-mount film, used for mounting pictures, is another version of the same thing.

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Re: Surface mounting Pi zero "spy" camera

by hjelstromboli on Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:22 am

Mike,

Thank you for your suggestion. Currently looking into the hot melt tapes you mentioned. I also came across the use of jb-weld on pcbs, which looks like it could be an even more permanent solution. In any case, I think I can figure this out now.

Thanks
-Brandon

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