by Citrus CNC

Your personal open hardware PCB assembly machine

View all updates Jan 10, 2020

Sourcing & Tooling

by Gino Magarotto

Greetings everyone. Just yesterday, we received the last bit of tooling we need to start machining the component trays and pick-and-place parts.

We machined a small strip-feeder tray with dovetail cutters to test our SMD tape-slot design. 60° dovetails provide a nice fit for a variety of tapes, whether plastic or paper.

One important thing we still have to do is find a source that offers plastic stock in colors other than black and white. Component tapes come in those colors, so using a different one gives the vision system more contrast with which to recognize tape holes.

Aside from that, you should know that we have already purchased cameras and motors as well as short rails and nozzles for the vacuum heads.

Stay tuned for more!

About the Author

Gino Magarotto

citruscnc  ·  ottoragam  ·   Mexico City

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Product Choices


Dual Head SimplePnP with Bottom Vision

A partially assembled Cartesian frame with extrusions, motors, rails, mounting hardware, pulleys, and belts. An assembled vacuum head with one nozzle holder, a top-vision camera, a bottom-vision camera (including mounting hardware and a USB cable), one rotation motor, one linear rail, and pneumatic components. Adds an additional nozzle holder, rotation motor, and linear rail (including mounting hardware). Includes a vacuum pump, a power supply, motion control electronics, and three Juki nozzles (sizes 503, 504, and 505).


Strip Feeder


Citrus CNC

I want to make digital manufacturing available for home use.

Gino Magarotto

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