Our friend Vasilis posted a video story of a successful SMD reflow process… at his home, amazing!
Powered by the Low Budget Manual Pick and Place : http://vpapanik.blogspot.gr/2012/11/low-budget-manual-pick-place.html
SMD reflow at home - [Link]
Action video of the Low Budget Manual Pick and Place Originally posted in : http://vpapanik.blogspot.gr/2012/11/low-budget-manual-pick-place.html
Low Budget Manual Pick and Place (HD) - [Link]
Ever get tired of fiddling with tiny surface mount components using tweezers and a magnifying glass? The OpenPnP project that aims to be your sweet relief – [via]
OpenPnP is a project to create the plans, prototype and software for a completely Open Source SMT pick and place machine that anyone can afford. I believe that with the ubiquity of cheap, precise motion control hardware, some ingenuity and plenty of Open Source software it should be possible to build and own a fully functional SMT pick and place machine for under $1000.
Open source SMT pick and place machine - [Link]
redFrog Pick and Place machine – example of the pick and place process – [via]
This video demonstrates the process from solder paste application to picking and placing the SMD components to the final flowing of the solder. The picking and placing is done using the new redFrog pick and place machine.
redFrog Pick and Place machine - [Link]
Boostrap writes – [via]
Well, after some distractions (a small contract for NASA, and struggling to learn solidworks (AARG)), I got back to designing this device, made major configuration changes to simplify, improve reliability and improve precision, and have almost finished now. Reasonable CNC quotes permitting, I’ll have someone start making 2 or 3 prototypes in two or three weeks. So, last chance to add your two cents (or $64,000 worth) of ideas, and point out my worst ideas and design flaws.
I will attempt to post some photos here, and attempt to attach a PDF document that describes how it works. This is identical in principle to the original steps I outlined at the start of this thread months ago, but the configuration of the device has changed so the exact nature of many steps is somewhat different.
Sorry, but you’re probably going to need to maximize your window to see the images. If you’re willing to make a serious effort to critique the design, ask me for the solidworks 2010 files.
I usually think up really great, elegant names for things. This time I’m a total failure (!please help!), so the device is called “papec” for now (pick-and-place extra cheap). Sheesh.
DIY – Super-cheap pick-and-place device with ~1 mil accuracy – [Link]