I should have given my last post more time and thought. I would also like to publicly apologize to those at Adafruit.com I tried very hard to not expose who I purchased the board from. I love their products and their support is amazing. They offered me a replacement in slightly under a minute after emailing them. I how ever have to decline on receiving this replacement. I spent some time today fixing up the Uno to the best of my ability. After a half hour of filing, sanding, and soldering the Uno is now usable with my shields. Although there is still the thin solder mask issue I will address that later in this post.
Midi Keys -What I plan on expanding in the future with the usb functions of this Uno.
What I failed to explain yesterday:
I spent the majority of today working on this post, please excuse my scattered thoughts. I am still having trouble trying to write down in words that are constructive and explain what I want to say.
The main point I originally had was trying explain yesterday was how there is all the hype about the boards not being made in china in sweat shops and that the Italian made quality is better. What is the true value of this if this type of quality pops out at premium price every now and then?
Made In Italy
Note [from massimo]:We stress the fact that all the boards are made in italy because in this globalised world, were getting the lowest possible price for products sometimes translates into poor pay and working conditions for the people who make them, at least you know that who made your board was reasonably paid and worked in a safe environment. (this obviously applies only to the boards marked “made in italy”, we can not attest to the manufacturing process of “third party” boards).
I know I am not the only one who has received a board like this and I felt this decline in quality control should be brought to light. I already know one way we can make sure a board like this never is shipped to a customer again. The new packaging of the Arduino Uno makes it impossible for the resellers to check the board be fore shipping them out as the packaging is sealed with a sticker.
I suspect that the routing problem most likely was known before the release. If you look closely at the pre release photo you can see a tooth where mine was.
Maybe there needs to be more openness with how the boards are built and assembled and tested? Then the community can give feedback if there are problems and help solve them in the most efficient way. A kind notice that the boards may have some imperfections in a certain batch would be a good start.
More thoughts on the thin solder mask.
I will admit I was a bit picky on this but there could be problems if the solder mask gets any thinner in some spots.
Some more examples of things to look out for.
More exposed copper and a suggestion for the next batch of boards. The ISP header for the 8u2 chip is fairly close the mounting hole. Might cause a problem when certain screws are used.
I wanted to share more of my ideas here on how the community should be more recognized on the Uno rather then where it was made. Without the community there would be very few resources available. (Hence my first image) My brain is cheese now