Sweeperino, Arduino based test instrument

Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE) made an Arduino based sweeper for ham radio homebrewing, that is available on GitHub: The Sweeperino a very useful Arduino based test instrument. It is the following: *A very stable, low noise signal generator from 4 MHz to 160 MHz without any spurs *A high precision power meter with 90 db with […]

A DIY SMD pick and place tool for electronics assembly

Here’s a DIY vacuum pick-up tool for SMD components: This video describes a DIY Vacuum Pick-up tool for picking and placing parts from an SMD component tape. The basic design for this tool involves using a vacuum pump and a solenoid to control the vacuum to a handpiece under control of a foot pedal. Via SDG […]

DIY low budget manual pick & place

Vpapanik shared a tutorial on how to make your own SMD pick and place machine: If you are dealing with tiny SMD parts (e.g. 0402 resistors and capacitors), a manual pick and place machine is a helpful piece of equipment for prototyping and small-batch manufacturing. On the other side, traditional SMD placement using precision tweezers not […]