LEGO for SMT
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LEGO for SMT

by isozee on Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:23 am

LEGO's blue bucket contains many small blocks and their width is 8 mm. So using such blocks 8mm tape block is assembled.
First to make tape sliding base 1mm cut of the block surface is necessary. If you have a milling machine it is easy but if not use a hand tool as Proxxson as shown below.

After assembled blocks, to peel off cover tape 3mm width 0.2mm thick stainless steel strips or 1mm dis steel bars are glued on the block as shown.
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Assembled LEGO tape block of 5 lanes next to factory made blocks.
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Cut top of blocks approx 1mm to make tape sliding blocks. Be careful to harm fingers.
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Re: LEGO for SMT

by Rochey on Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:43 pm

isozee - very cool stuff!

Would this work with an old ECM93? I don't think the '93 can "pull the tape"
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Re: LEGO for SMT

by isozee on Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:04 am

"I don't think the '93 can pull the tape"
No ECM93 can not pull the cut tape but it can picks component up from exposed pockets as a tray feeder as shown below.
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Peel off cover tape by rear steel plate
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Re: LEGO for SMT

by ktownsend on Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Wow ... now that's just amazing in too many ways. :)
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Re: LEGO for SMT

by Rochey on Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:15 pm

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Bravo. Really amazing stuff.

Now... will this work with 16mm cut tape IC's ? ;)
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Re: LEGO for SMT

by isozee on Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:31 am

Now... will this work with 16mm cut tape IC's ?
Yes 16mm,24mm and (2 of ) 12mm are possible. 16=2 x 8 and 24=3 x 8 so easy and just glue used 8mm paper tape as tape slide guides. 12mm need some machining to make center guide as shown.
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Re: LEGO for SMT

by Rochey on Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:50 pm

Very inspiring!

now off to lego.com to find the parts I need!
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Re: LEGO for SMT

by vincentp on Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:33 am

that's pure DIY spirit and shows that simple means can be used and applied to expensive / complex PnP machine. MDC / Manncorp machines are perfect candidates for this sort of hacks as they are still easy to put your hands into.
Congrats !
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