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.


  1. Totally support this project. I'm taking a design surface mount, but it's back-breaking work so machine assistance would be very welcome. Raspberry Pi as controller is an excellent idea as is Arduino stepper drivers. Very curious to see what you've come up with.


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