30 Aug '14, 8pm

THP Semifinalist: Retro Populator, A Pick And Place Retrofit For A 3D Printer

THP Semifinalist: Retro Populator, A Pick And Place Retrofit For A 3D Printer

A huge theme of The Hackaday Prize entries is making assembly of electronics projects easier. This has come in the form of soldering robots, and of course pick and place machines. One of the best we’ve seen is the Retro Populator , a project by [Eric], [Charles], [Adam], and [Rob], members of the Toronto Hacklab . It’s a machine that places electronic components on a PCB with the help of a 3D printer The Retro Populator consists of two major parts: the toolhead consists of a needle and vacuum pump for picking up those tiny surface mount parts. This is attaches to a quick mount bolted right to the extruder of a 3D printer. The fixture board attaches to the bed of a 3D printer and includes tape rails, cam locks, and locking arms for holding parts and boards down firmly. The current version of the Retro Populator, with its acrylic base and vacuum pen, is starting to work well...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/08/30/thp-semifinalist-retro-pop...

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