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01 DECEMBER 2012

Automatic component feeders DIY pick and place Part 1

Following from the Panasonic component feeder mods and the build of our manual pick and place machine (pick and place part 1 & pick and place part 2) we have started to build an automatic stepper motor driven controller...

01 DECEMBER 2012

Magnetic PCB holders

While building pcbs on our manual pick and place machine we have been looking at various options to hold the PCB boards still while placing the components but without having to use complex clamps to hold the boards in place. To...

28 OCTOBER 2012

Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine part 2

Following from the previous pick and place part 1 post we have completed the initial build on our semi automatic pick and place machine. The air / vacuum supply nozzle was made on the lathe using a section of 10mm steel...

19 OCTOBER 2012

Diy Manual Pick and Place Machine part 1

After discovering the cost of buying a ready made manual Pick & Place Machine was over £5,000 and an automatic one well over £20,000 we decided to try to make our own manual pick and place system with a motorised...

02 OCTOBER 2012

T962 Infrared Reflow Oven Vent Hack

We purchased a T-962 desktop reflow oven from China on eBay a few weeks ago and found the results from the oven to be very poor compared to the specifications on the area which it could process. We found that it would only...

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Surface Mount Components Dispenser

While building the new ADC Pi circuit boards we found dealing with the surface mount resistors and capacitors to be time consuming when taking them from plastic trays as many of the components would be upside down and in...

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

RF Shielding on a Mains Inverter

The mains inverter we have for our solar system generates a lot of RF interference on our ham radio transceivers and also across the entire HF spectrum. The inverter body has plastic ends and very little filtering for the...

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

ADC Pi Raspberry Pi I2C Analog to Digital Converter boards available to buy online

Update April 2015 Since the launch of this first ADC board for the Raspberry Pi it has been replaced with the ADC Pi models and we have also mde variants of the ADC board with a ADC Differential Pi which is a 8...

05 SEPTEMBER 2012

Axminster SIEG Super X1 Micro Mill Z Axis Ballscrew Upgrade

Following the ballscrew upgrade of the X and Y axis of our Micro Mill in 2010 we decided it was time to try to improve the accuracy of the Z axis on the mill which had been using a basic lead-screw which had a lot of excessive...

19 AUGUST 2012

Cheap Sources of Components

One major factor which affects many electronics hobbyists is the cost of purchasing components and associated fixing hardware. Very cheap sources for used parts which are normally still OK to use for your own projects are...

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