frauenfelder at May 20th, 2014 18:31 — #1
snej at May 20th, 2014 18:41 — #2
Samsung, eh? The SM482 is really just a ripoff of Apple's iSM, only with cheaper components. Look at the clumsy exposed screws on the dull beige sheet metal, compared to the iSM's silky-smooth anodized titanium shroud.
adonai at May 20th, 2014 19:23 — #3
gadgetphile at May 20th, 2014 19:38 — #4
Everyone loves their pick and place machines. Sure beats doing it by hand.
hubrissonic at May 20th, 2014 19:38 — #5
481, 482, whatever it takes...
nixiebunny at May 20th, 2014 20:10 — #6
Getting a new pick and place machine would make anyone happy. I'm stuck with tweezers and a microscope.
newliminted at May 20th, 2014 21:48 — #7
It's a component placer able to place nearly 30k components per hour. Snazzy!
mikekstar at May 20th, 2014 22:10 — #8
Just look at it.....
Oh, wait, wrong thread. Nvrmd
boundegar at May 20th, 2014 22:41 — #9
I was just imagining the text of this article with the pictures of the sex machines from earlier...
rg1 at May 21st, 2014 00:39 — #10
To translate from those of you who know to those of you who don't, that machine automatically puts circuit bits onto circuit boards.
dragonfrog at May 21st, 2014 02:11 — #11
Whatever that is, it is clearly an excellent one of those.
ffabian at May 21st, 2014 02:53 — #12
ELI5: You stuff resistors and wires in the machine and then it makes some sort of circuit board like a raspberry pi?
What does such a machine cost?
jardine at May 21st, 2014 06:05 — #13
The SM482 is better than the SM481. How much better? One more better.
phuzz at May 21st, 2014 10:23 — #14
Pretty much. The components are all on strips, which you can see as reels on the front of the machine.
As for how much it costs, five minutes of searching couldn't tell me, so I suspect it a case of 'if you have to ask...'
crenquis at May 21st, 2014 11:31 — #15
Pick-n-place electronic-bits vs poke-n-stroke naughty-bits -- rule 34 dictates that there is likely an overlap somewhere...
roomwithaview at May 21st, 2014 12:56 — #16
I actually made a homebrew pnp machine back in the mid-90s. It was tailored to memory modules, and had a production rate of 12 modules per hour on a good day! Mostly cobbled together with scrap I had already, plus pneumatics filched from a Burroughs tape unit I got from a scrapper for $100. Ran off the parallel port of an old XT.
nixiebunny at May 21st, 2014 13:23 — #17
A more thorough description:
A circuit board starts out as a piece of fiberglass with two or more layers of copper, finely patterned into connecting lines and "pads, places to solder parts to it. The parts are little rectangles that need to be soldered to the pads in order to build a working circuit. This machine picks the parts from their factory-supplied carriers, which look just like movie film, and places them on the pads on the circuit boards.
Before this happens, the circuit board has solder applied to it in paste form using a stencil. After the placement step, the board is carried through an oven on a conveyer belt (like a fast-food-restaurant pizza oven) to melt the solder and connect the parts to the board.
The cost of this machine is easily six figures. Maybe seven, new.
howaboutthis at May 21st, 2014 13:31 — #18
Pick and place machines like this one costs $200,000 - more or less depending on options and accessories.
If you are on a tighter budget, options may exist: http://www.geek.com/chips/4000-pick-and-place-machine-makes-custom-circuit-boards-on-the-cheap-1536883/
danegeld at May 21st, 2014 16:38 — #19
That's pretty awesome - if only because it shows that Adafruit is a viable business. (I guess) I'd be interested to see their books - how does their cashflow work? $200K for an outfit targeting hobbyists is impressive.
tropo at May 21st, 2014 21:55 — #20
I hope the machine serves them well. The hobby industry can be a hard road, especially in technical fields (no matter how non technical you make it). I'm just going to leave this here.
next page →