This update includes a progress report on the manufacturing of custom aluminim parts for SimplePnP, including our new design for the mounting brackets. Read the full update.
We are currently milling aluminum head plates for our vacuum heads, and will soon produce a video documenting that process. We are also working on a guide that will walk you through the setup and operation of SimplePnP. Read the full update.
We've fitted nozzles, simplified our design to better accommodate the brackets and mounting points, and received a number of electromechanical parts, including the motors. Unfortunately, due to supply chain delays for other parts, we have had to push our estimated ship date back to July. Read the full update.
Spring has begun, and our first packages are starting to arrive. An assortment of nozzles, nozzle holders, PCBs, USB cameras, and some other miscellaneous items were delivered a few days ago. Stepper motors and linear rails are on their way, and all vision cameras have been tested. Read the full update.
Our PCB house resumed its fabrication work this week. The solder paste stencils have not yet been manufactured, but we expect them to enter production shortly. Our other vendors are also getting back to work, and parts should be shipping soon. We are looking forward to picking up the pace in March and getting started on the work of assembling the machines themselves. Read the full update.
Focusing on the Dual Head SimplePnP with Bottom Vision, deciding to go with mechanical limit switches rather than sensorless homing, waiting out shipping delays from China, and moving our pre-order ship date forward Read the full update.
We've received the plastic plate stock and aluminum flat bar we ordered. We began machining strip-feeders from the former, for testing toolpaths and SMD tape fit. In a few days, we'll begin fabricating pick-and-place parts from the latter. Our campaign is coming to a close, so we also want to let you all know that pre-order prices may increase and not all models will be available after tomorrow. And finally, we just want to say thanks! We couldn't have done this without your support. Read the full update.
We've added new PCB files to our GitHub repository, placed an order for nozzle holders, and designed a new pump configuration. Read the full update.
We have verified the method by which we will machine strip-feeder trays and obtained the necessary tooling, as well as cameras, motors, short rails, and nozzles. We're shopping for strip-feeder plastic stock in various colors and looking forward to building your SimplePnP! Read the full update.
You can now get a pair of each nozzle – sizes 503 to 508 – with your SimplePnP. Read the full update.
In this update, we answer a few more questions and offer a quick progress report on the initial phase of our manufacturing plan. Read the full update.
Meet the Betz Technik Industries Juki nozzle holder. Stick around for a short list of questions & answers. Read the full update.
For your personal open hardware PCB assembly machine. Come check out SimplePnP! Read the full update.