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Subject: Re: Is a PCB auto-hole-drilling machine available for under $1000?
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Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002 09:13:35 GMT
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Organization: BigPond Internet Services (http://www.bigpond.net.au)
Where I used to work we had a manual drill unit that drilled from under the
board. On the top side was a lens and prism arrangement with a set of cross
hairs to give a magnified view of the board. After the thing was aligned it
was just a case of line up the pad under the cross hairs and step on the
foot peddle to raise the drill bit through the board. On the whole it was
pretty quick and gave good results.
"Dave Bovee" wrote in message
> The big drag in designing and building electronic circuits is drilling all
> stupid holes in the board after it's etched. Is there a fairly
> ($500-$1000) x/y programmable machine available to drill small boards -
> 6" x 6" max? Or are there plans available to build such a device? I'm a
> with mechanical devices, but I'd try to build one.
> Or, failing that, how do the rest of you people do it? I've got a
> drill press, and I can't drill twenty 0.1 centered holes in a row. I can
> usually manage to make a ratty-looking prototype, populated with
> crippled-looking ICs, but if the design works and I want a dozen more
> the prospect of drilling thousands of holes drives me nuts. It's bad
> have to solder them afterward.
> Any suggestions?
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