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Running Your Own PnP Machine and Other Poor Life Choices

Joseph FitzPatrick, Piotr Esden-Tempski

June 23, 2023 2:30-2:55 PM

Location: FMH Room 204

Open source software, repurposed 3D printing components, and some neat innovations have made pick and place machines more and more accessible to hobbyists. In the face of plenty of quick-turn, small-batch assembly services, running assembly on your own PnP machine is the perfect way to add yet another project to your project. This is the introductory talk to the demo we'll have on hand throughout the event. Open source software, repurposed 3D printing components, and some neat innovations have made pick and place machines more and more accessible to hobbyists. In the face of plenty of quick-turn, small-batch assembly services, running assembly on your own PnP machine is the perfect way to add yet another project to your project. We'll talk a little about the poor life choices that lead each of us to owning too many (N > 0) pick and place machines. We'll also discuss some of the tradeoffs of different machines, including time and price impacts. Finally, we'll walk through the process of using a PnP machine. This is the introductory talk to the demo we'll have on hand throughout the event.