Raspberry Pi: Inside the Pi factory

The manufacturing process begins by feeding a panel of six Raspberry Pi printed circuit boards into a production line that mounts components on to the board.

The first stage of the production process is seen here, coating the boards with the solder paste that will attach the various surface mounted electronic components - the likes of diodes, resistors, capacitors - to the board.

The paste is forced through holes in a stainless-steel stencil that deposits micrometre-sized drops of solder on the board wherever a component needs to be attached.

Photo: Nick Heath / TechRepublic

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is a computer science student and was formerly a journalist at TechRepublic and ZDNet.