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DIY Manual Pick And Place Machine

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Project by mochasatin posted 05-20-2017 03:44 PM 1817 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bit of an unusual project for Lumberjocks.com. One of my other hobbies is electronics. Assembling printed circuit boards using extremely tiny surface mount components is very difficult because of my big fingers and shaking hands. The slightest twitch can be disastrous. This device allows me to precisely pick and place small components onto the printed circuit board. It also has a USB microscope mounted on the plunger assembly that helps with more accurate part placement. There were several commercial, manual pick and place machines available to purchase, but they seemed flimsy and poorly designed so I decided to build my own.

Here is a link to my webpage describing the project in more detail:

https://sites.google.com/sharrison.net/diy-manual-pnp-machine

First YouTube Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm9DDfsdV4A&feature=youtu.be

-- Scott





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steliart

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 03:51 PM

I’m not into electronics almost at all but I do appreciate those who are and yes this project may look unusual put is very interesting… looks very well build, kudos !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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mochasatin

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 03:56 PM

Thanks Steliart!

-- Scott

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Don Johnson

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 03:57 PM

Wow! Very impressive. I could have used a variant of this for non surface mount components before i retired, as even the much larger components had to be installed by my more nimble assistant!

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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mochasatin

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#4 posted 05-20-2017 04:00 PM



Wow! Very impressive. I could have used a variant of this for non surface mount components before i retired, as even the much larger components had to be installed by my more nimble assistant!

- Don Johnson

Some of the small components you can barely see. I haven’t been able to go smaller than a 0805 size resistor, but I might be able to with this machine.

-- Scott

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#5 posted 05-20-2017 04:42 PM

I’m always hungry for those electronics- woodworking combination projects. Maybe the professional engineering part of me try to beat woodworking passion. Great work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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mochasatin

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#6 posted 05-20-2017 04:43 PM



I m always hungry for those electronics- woodworking combination projects. Maybe the professional engineering part of me try to beat woodworking passion. Great work!

- majuvla

Thanks Ivan. Two useful hobbies.

-- Scott

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RichTaylor

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#7 posted 05-20-2017 06:14 PM

As a retired EE, I can really appreciate how cool that is. I guess I was lucky to have been doing my hobby work back in the days of 7400 TTL dual inline packages.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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mochasatin

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#8 posted 05-20-2017 06:54 PM



As a retired EE, I can really appreciate how cool that is. I guess I was lucky to have been doing my hobby work back in the days of 7400 TTL dual inline packages.

- RichTaylor

Thanks RichTaylor! You have to pay extra for DIP components nowadays.

-- Scott

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#9 posted 05-21-2017 01:06 AM

I was an electronics tech for 50 years, doing SMT rework under a microscope for the last few years. Your machine is so cool I’m Green.

-- Mike in SoCal

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#10 posted 05-21-2017 04:00 AM

Great project mochasatin. I just love the way craftsmen combine timber and hardware to devise their ingenious designs. Very impressed with your “roller” system. Thanks for the detail (on WEB), I will definitely plagiarise that idea (if you don’t mind… and… kinda tough if you do… sorry).


... big fingers and shaking hands. The slightest twitch can be disastrous….

- mochasatin


You are a harbinger of taradiddles. You insinuating “big fingers big…”..., lets leave that alone.
Checked out your Webpage and zoomed in on this picture,

I didn’t notice any movement at all and even the fingers never left the hand.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 05-21-2017 11:28 AM

Very well done, interesting and useful.

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mochasatin

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#12 posted 05-21-2017 11:45 AM



I was an electronics tech for 50 years, doing SMT rework under a microscope for the last few years. Your machine is so cool I m Green.

- NotaJock

Thanks NotaJock,

I was originally using a reflow hot air workstation and doing the SMT work was taking me so long that I had to change something. So I built two projects. The first was a bluetooth controlled “DIY Reflow Toaster Oven” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRhSDBwRKyQ. And the second is the PNP machine I built here. I have high hopes this will reduce my time hunched over the table under a magnifying glass.

-- Scott

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mochasatin

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#13 posted 05-21-2017 11:45 AM



Very well done, interesting and useful.

- Redoak49

Thanks Redoak49!

-- Scott

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mochasatin

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#14 posted 05-21-2017 11:48 AM


Great project mochasatin. I just love the way craftsmen combine timber and hardware to devise their ingenious designs. Very impressed with your “roller” system. Thanks for the detail (on WEB), I will definitely plagiarise that idea (if you don t mind… and… kinda tough if you do… sorry).

... big fingers and shaking hands. The slightest twitch can be disastrous….

- mochasatin

You are a harbinger of taradiddles. You insinuating “big fingers big…”..., lets leave that alone.
Checked out your Webpage and zoomed in on this picture,

I didn t notice any movement at all and even the fingers never left the hand.

- LittleBlackDuck

LittleBlackDuck,

Have fun with the linear slides. The are compact, easy to make and very strong. Make sure you post the projects where you use them.

-- Scott

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#15 posted 05-21-2017 01:32 PM

Incredible, do not do electronics, but found this post so interesting. taking woodwork over the top

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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