Automated PCB Drill

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Raed, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Raed

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    Hi,

    I'm new in this field but I want to try making my own Automated PCB Drill.
    I'm going to use 3 stepper motors (x,y,z) and I want to make it as simple as possible.

    I searched on the internet but I didn't find any topics that describe or teach how to make it.

    Can anyone please guide me so I can do my own Automated PCB Drill?

    Thank you
     
  2. jpanhalt

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    Did you search under CNC, homemade CNC, or DIY CNC?

    John
     
  3. bluebrakes

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    most of the homemade ones use a dremel or similar craft drill with a relay on the power side to switch on and off.

    An old inkjet or dot matrix printer would be great for salvaging stepper motors and the axis slides.

    Have a look at the milford instruments website, they already make a 3 axis cnc drill machine but also sell the necessary stepper motors, etc for building them.
     
  4. BMorse

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    Check this out, this might give you some pointers on how to assemble the mechanics..... http://www.morse-code.com/id18.htm

    or you can watch the video here >> http://www.youtube.com/mcscoder#p/u/49/VyEQuATs2JU


    My .02
     
  5. shortbus

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  6. Raed

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    thank you so much guys

    1 more question please...
    from your experience, which Microcontroller do you think will be the best for the Automated PCB Drill and why?
     
  7. BMorse

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    well if you use discrete components to make the stepper motor controllers, you wont need one, but if you are going to use a microcontroller to control the phases of the stepper then any that has sufficient memory and pins would work, in my case I used the pic16F84a just because that is what I had on hand......
     
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