Friday, 6 April 2012
Poor Man's Pick and Place - Microscope deal
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.