I wanted to call out Lindsay Wilson’s neat video of his CNC Router acting as a pick and place machine in its own post:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvyhcgzD7sg[/youtube]

He mentioned it in a comment on our 2nd article on using CNC Machines as general purpose motion platforms.  Pick and place is commonly used to position components on circuit boards such as Lindsay’s video shows, but there’s no reason it couldn’t be used to position almost anything with the proper manipulator.  He’s showing a vacuum style part grabber, which is common for small PC board components.

Getting more value out of your CNC machine is largely a matter of using your imagination.

 

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Video: CNC Router as Pick and Place Machine
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