Pick and Place USB Control Software

Pick and Place USB Control Software

Posted Saturday 08 February 2014 12:02 Page View Counter 148

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 in C# and we used Visual Studio 2013 to write...

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DIY Pick and Place USB Controller Board

DIY Pick and Place USB Controller Board

Posted Tuesday 28 January 2014 19:01 Page View Counter 266

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 system. Every...

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Variable RF Signal Sampler

Variable RF Signal Sampler

Posted Thursday 16 January 2014 14:01 Page View Counter 301

One of my hobbies is Amateur (Ham) radio and it is useful to be able to check the outputs on the radios transmitters to check that the signal is transmitting on the correct frequency and not causing spurious frequency problems. It isn’t safe...

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Metcal SP200 Soldering Station Repair

Metcal SP200 Soldering Station Repair

Posted Tuesday 14 January 2014 23:01 Page View Counter 167

While soldering boards today one of our Metcal SP200 solder stations stopped working with a quiet pop and some magic smoke* came from the case. We removed the case of the power unit and found that the internal fuse had blown. The fuse was soldered...

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Canon Camera Wireless Remote Control

Canon Camera Wireless Remote Control

Posted Monday 23 December 2013 15:00 Page View Counter 100

When using our high level photography mast we have always used a series of USB expansion cables to make up a 20m long cable to remote control the camera and view the live video feed from the camera in real-time on an Android tablet via DSLR Controller...

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Manual Pick and Place V2

Manual Pick and Place V2

Posted Thursday 05 December 2013 19:55 Page View Counter 218

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 is very...

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Mach3 Control via C Sharp Winform Application

Mach3 Control via C Sharp Winform Application

Posted Monday 25 November 2013 00:02 Page View Counter 272

This demo app allows the user to send Gcode commands to Mach 3 to control a CNC mill, lathe or other cnc hardware. The application was made using Visual Studio 2013 and the demo app can be downloaded here. First create a new Windows Forms Application: Under...

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DIY Pick and Place V2 Project Complete

DIY Pick and Place V2 Project Complete

Posted Saturday 23 November 2013 12:57 Page View Counter 1483

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 systems,...

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3D Printer ordering Nightmares

3D Printer ordering Nightmares

Posted Wednesday 20 November 2013 13:39 Page View Counter 70

On the 30 September 2013 I placed order with Ultimaker for the Ultimaker 2 3D printer and extra rolls of filament, order total 2,511.55 euros. Website said delivery from 21st October 2013 I ordered from Ultimaker as the printer seemed to be a very good...

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DIY Pick and Place V2 Base Vision LED Array

DIY Pick and Place V2 Base Vision LED Array

Posted Saturday 02 November 2013 14:02 Page View Counter 179

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#...

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