Friday, 2 March 2012

Pick and Place on a budget - Part 2

More progress on our human-controlled Pick and Place machine.

I now have the threaded rod and stepper motors, and Mark Gilbey is coming here next week to discuss the mechanical design.

We plan to build a manually-controlled Pick and Place machine with 4 degrees of freedom, (X, Y, Z and rotation) which will vacuum up an SMT part, move it to the right position on the board, align it and then place it on the board. We'll use a joystick and pot to control it, while we watch what is going on through a USB microscope.

The USB microscope works with OpenCV, so we can leave the door open to an automated PnP robot. I  wonder what we should use as the processor board?