• Progress in defining the PnP aluminum head

    shane.snipe2 days ago 0 comments

    We decided to tackle the most undefined portion of the project. The files for the laser cut wooden pick and place head were in the repo but all the final pictures had the aluminum head. Of course that meant  we had to find a way to start in aluminum. We had a clean slate so we tried to keep the design as clean and simple as possible. The machining is limited to cuts and holes being drilled. Here is what we have so far. 

    To find his model search for Fox.Build OpenPnP in Onshape. It is a work in progress and there are a hundred tabs but this can be seen under Assembly.   https://cad.onshape.com/documents/66b6897eed80bf8d749204ed/w/506c54cc8234d1502f701596/e/cb97aafcfd5352b75f97419b

    Since this may be the main portion that we design I will spend some time on the design choices. Here is the head assembly from the back. 
    Two pcs of 2" aliminum angle are screwed to the slider. The upper one has a bolt pattern and cut out or the motor.  Directly bolted to these 2 angles is the front plate. On the bottom is the bracket to mount end stop sensors for the pick and place head slides. There will be one more angle mounted on the back here to mount the camera assembly but we have not determined the height yet. Here is a picture from the front. 

    The two 9mm slides are attached and allow the heads to move up and down. They will be connected with a timing belt that goes through the middle. This means that if one head goes down the other comes up. We have determined the motor moving these was massively over specified but in the name of commonality we let it be.  There is an acrylic piece above and below the rails. This is just to keep the sliders from coming off the rails. On top of the sliders there is a 3D printed part that grabs the belt. Then there is an adapter piece to connect the slider to the adapter bracket to the motor brackets. These two plates also allow the motors to be moved down a bit to get below the front plate. The motor brackets then carry the motors. These motors have hollow shafts to allow the vacuum though. The purpose of the motors is to be able to rotate the smd part after it is imaged to be able to line it up with the needed orientation on the board. Other than that, there is an idler pulley on the bottom to return the belt. We still need to design the 3D printed parts to interface with the photo interrupters on the bottom.

    It think we have done well to minimize machining complexity, while maximizing rigidity and achieving the required movement.

  • Sharing and documenting the project

    shane.snipe06/16/2019 at 14:49 0 comments

    Again the purpose of this project is to bring PnP capability to our makerspace and hopefully make it a little easier for the next group to do it. Our intention is to show where we got the inputs, what changes we made and why, and leave a good trail so the build should not be any harder than making a Prusa printer. It is going to cost you a few days but the it will be well layed out.

    First, if you would like to do this yourself, review the page from Professor Styger.


    When we took on this project the first order of business was to get parts in house. Proffessor Styger has a Github repo with everything needed here. 


    Since a year has gone by, a lot of the links are broken so we searched for alternates to the parts and made an update list. ODS and xls copies are in the documents section. Through the miracle of continual cost reduction, the purchased part on this are not only $746 with is amazing for a pick and place machine.

    One of our members at Fox.Build, our makerspace, is a founder of Farmbot and he introduced me to Onshape. Onshape seems very good for this project because it is easily viewable by anyone and can archive many types of files.  The downside is the process of making a model is messy and keeping an archive in a presentable format all the time is more than I am willing to signup for. So, in effort  to provide visibility during the build, I will publish links to Onshape documents that are complete up to a certain stage. There will also be step by step assembly instructions in this blog to correspond to what has been completed so far.

    Of course,  we welcome other groups to build along with us and we would love to get feedback on the instructions and our material choices.