The TempoAutomation team that want’s to build a DIY minifab for electronic circuits has a prototype pick-and-place machine running. It looks like they’re using a Makerbot as the base. There is one problem with this approach: the Makerbot mechanic is not designed for high positioning speed. Using a larger CNC mill could improve speed a lot. But this is only a development prototype, we might see big improvements in the future. Having a machine that could place solder paste and components on the board would be cool.

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