Scales capable of counting parts are a dime a dozen across Amazon these days. The problem with them is that not a single one supports a connection to a computer. As part of a larger project for inventorying parts I wanted a scale that was able to connect with host software to save me from inputting readings and calibration. So I picked up one of those cheap scales and started hacking.
Surface mount soldering is looked upon by many hobbyists as taboo in some respects. Many folks don’t like it and some of their reasoning is quite valid. I put to rest some of the myths and mysteries surrounding surface mount parts and explain a little about my approach to working with these sometimes tiny devices.