Assembly

Starbond Super Glue

We suggest using Starbond Super Glue, EM-150 Medium. The starbond super glue includes a very fine tipped nozzle, perfect for applying a very thin line of adhesive.

Add Eyes, Pupil and Mouth

Carefully apply super glue over the eyes and place them into the socket. Proceed to attach the mouth and pupils. This only needs a drop of super glue. Tweezers can help assist with parts placement as they offer finer control.

Attach Ear Cup to Cover

Grab the ear cup and crank cover pieces. The ear cup needs to be attached to the correct side of the cover (the surface that touched the 3D printing bed). Add a bit of super glue along the bottom of the ear cup. 

Place Ear Cup

Carefully place the cover over the center of the ear cup. Make sure the holes are lined up as best as you can. Hold it in place for a few seconds to allow the parts to set and glue to cure.

Install Holder to Cover

Insert the spool holder into the center hole of the cover with the peg going through the ear cup.

Install Crank to Holder

With cover now over the spool holder, install the crank by press fitting the hub over the peg. Make sure the flat edges are lined up before installing.

Install Solder Spool to Holder

Now is a good time to install a spool of solder. Insert the holder through the spool and firmly press it to the middle of the cylinder. The spool should have a snug fit.

Installing Cover

The cover slides into the box by fitting the groves through the railing. Line up the edges with the rails on the box and insert the cover. Adjust the spool holder as the cover slides into place.

Pop Socket

The holder fits inside the enclosure and pops into a socket just behind the ear. Press on the crank to insert the spool holder into the socket. It should pop into place.

Install Antenna

The antenna has a connecting peg that fits into a hole on the side of the ear cup. It should have a snug fit. Optionally super glue it in place.

Final Assembly!

It’s fairly easy to take to take things apart so you can swap out the solder when it gets low. Now you can make your time soldering parts a bit more fun. 

I find it really satisfying to use, especially if you do a lot of soldering. Could be a great way to keep your solder from getting all tangled up. The crank could also be used for projects with trim pots or rotary encoders.

This guide was first published on Aug 26, 2019. It was last updated on Aug 26, 2019. This page (Assembly) was last updated on Sep 05, 2019.