Pick and Place Machines, Always Mesmerizing #ManufacturingMonday
Whether our own Samsung SM482 or in this case the DIY Pick and Place from Brian Dorey at AB Electronics, watching – and listening to – these machines work is always hypnotizing. Every step, every pick, every place, designed, machined, and coded to your manufacturing needs.
Since adding the various modifications to the DIY pick and place machine in the past few months we have now been able to tweak the speed and acceleration of the stepper drivers to improve the machines placement times.
We started by adjusting the acceleration on the X and Y axis, gradually increasing it until the motors began to stall, we then backed it off a bit so they accelerated reliably. We then did the same with the maximum speed. Once the X and Y axis were running at their fastest we repeated the same process for the two picker heads.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.