I've talked to a few people about a larger CNC router I'm kicking off building, but there's a week or two before enough parts for that will arrive before I can start in earnest.
In the meantime I thought I'd use the parts I had laying around for a few years to have a go at a pick and place. Having seen how commercial P&P machines are built, I'm under no illusion that this is going to be anything special. However it's an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of OpenPnP.
So below is where it's at so far. Top frame is welded up, X axis rails and ball screws mounted. Bracketry for the X steppers is done and one mounted.
The MDF brackets on the Y axis are laser cut test pieces to work out all the mounting holes and spacing. I'm undecided about whether to route them out of al plate or just some nylon or ABS plate.
For the pickup head I've bought the same stuff pretty much everyone else does, a hollow shaft NEMA 8 stepper with an adapter to take JUKI pickup nozzles. That part should be pretty hassle free.