I'm looking for a CNC machine that can be used for different PCB manufacturing tasks such as:

  • Drilling PCBs (using a rotating head)
  • Pick and place (to assemble PCBs)
  • Soldering

This CNC does not have to be heavy-duty, I'm just looking for some decent accuracy to deal with SMD parts.

  • A while ago I found the Lumenlab Micro CNC which was modular and multi-function, but they seem to have stopped production.
  • The RepRap seems to be a 3D printer only, I don't think you can do anything else with it.
  • The Makerbot is another 3D printer.
  • The ShopBot Desktop is a multi-function CNC and lathe, but only for drilling/plotting/engraving.
  • The redFrog PnP machine is a low cost hobbyist Pick n Place machine that works for SMD parts. About the lowest cost machine you can find.
  • The OpenPnP project documents an incomplete Pick n Place design. But you must build it yourself, nothing to buy here.
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    \$\begingroup\$ They're three different machines, and soldering isn't done with an iron, but reflow in a carefully temperature controlled oven. The P&P is a tall order, literally. How much do you want to spend? I got a quote of 35 000 dollar for this small machine. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 5 '12 at 8:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ I have not seen any soldering XYZ machines, do they exist? Solder paste dispensers do exist, and would seem more usefull for an SMD prototyping environment. About P-n-P machines: the big problem is not so much the XYZ movements, but the pickup/release mechanism and the component dispensers. I think SMD needs more than the 'decent' accuracy that is acceptable for hobby 3D printers. \$\endgroup\$ – Wouter van Ooijen Jul 5 '12 at 8:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you seen a P&P machine that can also be used as a simple CNC? \$\endgroup\$ – Robinicks Jul 5 '12 at 8:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @WoutervanOoijen - Yes, they do exist. Here is a Micro Laser Soldering System. \$\endgroup\$ – Rocketmagnet Jul 5 '12 at 8:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you want to make a PnP machine yourself, it's not impossible. Lots of people have done it. Take a look at the OpenPnP project. \$\endgroup\$ – Rocketmagnet Jul 5 '12 at 8:41

As @stevenh said, they are 3 separate machines.

  1. I can't answer.

  2. At work we have a pick and place machine. It's pretty specialized since it has to take parts from various tubes and trays. As @stevenh said, this is an expensive machine. I wouldn't try that with a general CNC machine.

  3. Soldering by machine is done by wave or reflow. A soldering iron is likely not what you want. If you are a hobbyist, consider a toaster oven for reflow solution.

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    \$\begingroup\$ -0.33 for #1 :-) \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Jul 6 '12 at 17:48

I know two systems which are made for small size prototyping ("low-cost").

  1. Cirqoid

    • can mill, dispense solder paste and place the components
  2. voltera (shall be delivered in the end of 2016)

    • can print a two layer pcb, dispense solder paste and bake the board

Disclaimer: I do not work for either of these projects.

  • \$\begingroup\$ If you're not working for one of the projects, are you working for the other one? \$\endgroup\$ – Pete Kirkham Aug 11 '15 at 22:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PeteKirkham - C'mon, its quite clear that english is not his first language. He means to say "I am not working for even one of these projects". Corrections in italics. \$\endgroup\$ – Robinicks Aug 14 '15 at 17:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ y, I changed it. \$\endgroup\$ – kimliv Aug 15 '15 at 1:03

This looks like what your asking. The FirePick Delta is built using the openPnP project that has already been linked. It is an ongoing project but it might be of interest to you. https://hackaday.io/project/963-firepick-delta-the-open-source-microfactory


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