Homemade Pick and Place Machine

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Homemade Pick and Place Machine
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Vpapanik has been working with tiny SMT parts in his projects, and could not abide by the exorbitant prices of small pick and place machines currently on the market. His solution? Make his own DIY version using scavenged and commonly available parts.

The heart of the operation is a hollowed-out ballpoint pen connected to an aquarium pump that’s been modified to provide suction. This is mounted to a set of sliders on the X and Y axes so the user can manipulate them. For the Z axis, he tore apart a spiral notebook and used the wire as a compression spring slid over the pen for the “picking” action. You can check out the plans on Vpapanik’s site in dxf format. The price for all this? “Well under € 100 !”

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10 thoughts on “Homemade Pick and Place Machine

  1. Homemade Pick and Place Machine » L O X O says:

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  2. Vassilis says:

    Here’s the action video

    1. Michael Colombo says:

      Awesome! Thanks for the link

      1. Vassilis says:

        thanks !!! is it possible to replace the still picture with the video ?

        1. Michael Colombo says:

          Done. Thanks again.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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