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How to use the Datasheet
and Build Guide

The first thing to note is that you must have a 3D ENABLED PDF viewer
to get maximum interaction with our Build Notes.

Make sure you have the latest PDF Reader and the 3D Mode is ENABLED

If, when opening a 3D Model PDF you get a blank sheet then:-

  1. Check that you have a current version of Acrobat Reader
  2. Check that you have 3D Mode Enabled (click image)

Please note that at the time of writing, Google Chrome does not support 3D viewing when using it's built-in PDF viewer. You must change the settings to 'Download PDF' after which you can open the downloaded file using Acrobate Reader (Goto Settings, Advanced, Content Settings, PDF Documents and uncheck the box). Alternately, you can select 'Download' from within the Google PDF viewer and then open the file using Acrobat Reader

A typical Datasheet page is shown at left and provides basic information on the selected product.

At the bottom of the page are links to various support documents including:-

  • User Guide - a guide to using the product
  • Build Guide - a guide to building the product
  • Bill of Materials - Bills of materials (BOMs) for the product. There are usually 2 options here, one for the 3.5mm jack build and one for the 4mm jack build.

When building one of our kits you should first download the appropriate BOM and Build Guide.

A typical Build Guide is shown at left.

It will indicate how many boards comprise the main build and has links to 3D models of example boards.

Construction for most of our products utilise the same basic assembly practices and components so it is important to first read through the 'General Construction Notes' which describe most of the salient points in module construction.

The Build Guide will then describe a recommended flow of assembly for the various boards and highlights any special points that may need attention.

Where applicable, a 'Calibration' section is included at the end of the Build Guide.

3D Models (*) are a very powerful mechanism for viewing each board in the assembly. It allows you to view the board from any angle and zoom in and out to view specific parts or the whole assembly.

A selector list at the left allows you to hide/show components and so you can quickly strip the fully assembled board view down to, say, just the diodes. Once you have installed those, you can hide the diodes and show the resistors and so on.


(*) As stated in the Construction Guide, the markings on the components in the 3D Models are 'generic' and do NOT show the correct markings for any specific component.

Not currently available yet but we will be intoducing full 3D models of complete assemblies to assist with the overall assembly of a product.

Doh - Modern Browsers

Change in support for Acrobat and Reader plug-ins in modern web browsers

Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader run as a plug-in to display PDF files in a web browser.
For Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, the plug-in is based on the Netscape Plug-In API (NPAPI) technology.
For Microsoft Internet Explorer, the plug-in is an ActiveX based plug-in. Support for such plug-ins is changing for some modern web browsers.

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