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DIY SMD pick & place vacuum

Blog entry posted in 'Projects', Aug 28, 2015.

5.00/5, 1 vote
Semi-auto SMD pick'n place machine. inspiration came when i got fed up with contsantly losing grip on SMD stuff due lack of vacuum.

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Finished product, reversed aquarium air-pump (the pump used to deliver AIR to aquarium, used also to keep fishing baits fresh)
other accessories needed were (vacuum hose, 4/6mm in/out diameter)
Regulation vent came with pump, regulation is applied by own finger, instead of thump-screw wich was at vent.

Tips came with manual version, with the pen itself one can use as much imagination as one needs/has...., why not even 3d-printer?
Heatshrink is mainly for comfort, and the spring at the end of the pen is from 6.4mm stereo jack, mainly for protecting vacuum hose.

pump :Tetra aps 100 (100l/h, 50-100l aquariums) 27.30€ local pet shop

Hose : ah 50-400 (4/6mm diameter 2.5m long, better too long than to short eh?)
3.90€ local pet shop
The manual version is available from pretty much any electrnics shop, i bought mine from proto advantage mainly for basket-fill, 15€.

Only filter is left to add, so no depris gets sucked in and ruin day.


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The pump in its simplicity, transformer doesn't need any tinkering, but the vent part need to be reversed (that part with rubber pump-thingy, gets off easily)

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This is the reversed situation, in this case, bigger o-ring is up, towards the transformer.
Joe G likes this.
  1. Joe G
    Nice idea, I've been using a syringe with a spring inside all these years, I had a new duel fish tank air-pump laying around and now I have a pick-n-place vacuum and the other outlet for blowing air.
    It works great! Thanks for the great idea!
    Joe G, Aug 30, 2015
  2. fezder
    Glad it was helpful to you :) wasn't mine idea from the start, found it originally just by browsing
    BTW, i made few tests, this model can lift even heatsinks for to-3/220 size, so that quite well proves it should hold even bigger packages like FPGA and such
    fezder, Aug 30, 2015