Magnifying Video Camera for drilling?

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  1. spinnaker

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    Has anyone mounted one of those video pens to aid in drilling PCBs?

    If I do not go with a CNC, the press I am considering is this.
    http://www.micromark.com/microlux-3-speed-mini-drill-press,7797.html

    I was thinking if I could mount one of those magnifying pens somehow, it would make the job of drilling PCBs a lot easier.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/600X-2MP-6-...341857?hash=item2c9bbbdf21:g:HPQAAOSw~OdVaevk

    It would probably be best if I can get it inside that housing as close to the chuck as possible. But with that stand it just might work too.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. sailorjoe

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    For me, I would think that 600X is too much magnification for drilling a PCB. Higher mag generally means a smaller focal length. You can see the effect with just a jeweler's loupe at only 7 or 10X magnification. Your 600X microscope wouldn't even provide you a clear view until it was almost touching the PCB. I like your idea of adding magnification, though. I use a scroll saw on wood and need to cut smooth curved lines to make the scroll patterns. I found a lighted magnifying glass at Woodcraft that fit the bill. It's only 10X, but I can split a sharp pencil line in half which I believe is enough accuracy for drilling PCB's, about 0.002".
     
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  5. spinnaker

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    Thanks for the tip. I would hope those magnfiers are adjustable but your advice will be helpful in confirming that.
     
  6. spinnaker

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    Thanks for that information. I saw those before. Thought they looked similar. There are a number of them under different names. This might be swaying me back to proxxon.
     
  7. GopherT

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    you might try a macro or zoom lens for a smart phone and then you have the monitor and camera in a compact position that will fit near your drill. Some lenses are only $15 and likely good enough for drilling.

    I have one that I use for close-up surfaces at work - bought it at Five-Below for $5.
     
  8. shortbus

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    I would mount a laser pen under the drill table, inline with the drill bit. That way when the small spot in the PCB 'island' is in the correct position you can tell.
     
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