Wednesday 09 July 2014 20:07
The DIY Pick and Place machine upgrade to use automotive vacuum valves didn’t work as planned as the automotive valves are much too slow and unresponsive to switch the vacuum feed to the picker needles fast enough to pick and place the components....
Wednesday 09 July 2014 17:00
Following from the previous Pick and Place Controller V3 Part 1 post we have now built and installed the new control board for the pick and place machine.
Tuesday 24 June 2014 19:06
We have collated all the design files we saved during the development and build of our DIY manual pick and place machine and the DIY automatic pick and place machine and we have uploaded the files to our GitHub account into a new repository at...
Thursday 12 June 2014 18:06
Since we built the automatic DIY pick and place machine, one aspect of the build which has always caused us problems is the speed in which Mach3 communicates with the SmoothStepper Ethernet board and the lack of ability to send more than...
Thursday 22 May 2014 23:05
In the past few weeks we had an intermittent problem with two of the stepper motors on the DIY Pick and Place machine on the picker head where the motors wouldn’t always run at slower speeds when the head was at the far end of the main X-Y...
Tuesday 04 March 2014 18:03
Since building the DIY Pick and Place machine we have had a problem with the Atmel processor powered component selector which was using the AccelStepper library which would randomly push the selector ram down when the X axis was...
Saturday 08 February 2014 12:02
After completing our DIY Pick and Place machine USB Controller Board we needed to rewrite the controller software to drive the pick and place machine.
The new Pick and Place software is written...
Tuesday 28 January 2014 19:01
After completing our DIY Pick and Place machine we soon found a limitation with the SmoothStepper Ethernet board when using it to switch the various relays and select components from the Arduino Mini controlled component picker...
Thursday 05 December 2013 19:55
After finishing the automatic pick and place project we soon found that we needed to be able to place components manually when working on prototype and very short production runs of pcb boards.
As the space in the loft workshop...
Saturday 23 November 2013 12:57
The DIY pick and place machine project is now finally running and is able to place the components for our Raspberry Pi expansion boards. This project started in July 2013 when we began to order the various components, bearings, motors, drive...
Saturday 02 November 2013 14:02
DIY Pick and Place V2 – Base Vision LED Array
The PCB's arrived today for the LED array to go in the base of the Pick and Place system. The six boards hold a total of 144 red leds.
We are now trying to use OpenCV with the Emgu CV C# wrapper...
Sunday 27 October 2013 18:22
The new diy pick and place machine needed a way to feed SOIC, TSOP and other tube supplied chips to be picked and placed using the machine.
After looking at a lot of commercial and diy solutions we decided to build a fixed base with removable...
Thursday 24 October 2013 16:03
The holders for the vacuum nozzles are now fitted to the pick and place machine. Our original plan was to have the motors mounted higher as in previous posts and use a magnetic holder to attach the different size nozzles to the picker heads.
Thursday 17 October 2013 23:35
We have started working on the vision system for the DIY Pick and Place machine. We are going to use two cameras, one fixed on the base with a led lighting array around the camera and a “flying” camera mounted between the two picker...