Friday, 6 April 2012

Poor Man's Pick and Place - Microscope deal

We're close to testing a prototype of our Poor Man's Pick and Place robot.

It's based around a 4-axis engine using three stepper motors, a servo, and a small vacuum pump, reservoir and valve to hold  and move the component being placed.

A human controller will drive it, using a USB microscope to check the position of the SMD components before placing them on the board. We'll be open sourcing the plans.

We're using a 200x USB microscope form Maplin, and it's on sale over the Easter weekend. At  £19.99 (half the usual price)  it's a bargain. Get one while you can!

Buy it here.