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November 27, 2012

DIY Pick and Place Machine

at 2:00 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you have ever worked with SMD parts using tweezers gets old fast. Even the small vacuum pencils are not great. Vassilis Papanikolaou sent in the details of his solution. It uses a base that is similar to a CNC machine without the electronics. With this setup it is much easier to precisely align the parts, I am thinking that a version 2 could include mounting some motors to the system and giving it some automation.



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2 Responses to “DIY Pick and Place Machine”

  1. Polytech Says:

    Great idea! [says the man who spent half an hour yesterday trying to manually position, then solder a replacement TSOP48 chip on a densely populated board 🙂 ]

    An automated pick-n-place is cool but takes ages to program and is only efficient if you do it more than once (preferably 1,000,000+ times, and then its a godsend) . If you are repairing something, there’s no way you can justify all the time that would go into programming the machine. I gotta make myself one of Vassilis’ devices 🙂

    Actually, Alan, your idea with 2 motors (and perhaps 3) also has merit because it’s still hard to position things manually if your have to work with pitches less than 0.5mm, even if your hand is supported. Perhaps it can be even more useful for smaller parts if you can manually position X-Y with a jogger. My carpal tunnel was killing me while I was doing it – I would much rather hold a much larger jogger in my hand …

    And by the way, I haven’t seen it explained by Vassilis on his blog but that little flashlight to the left is not just a flashlight – it’s an inspection camera! Nice touch. Now I really want one! 🙂

  2. Vassilis Says:

    Looking forward to see yours ! 🙂

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