We started Rocket Scream few years ago knowing that we would eventually need some automation in our manufacturing process to speed things up. Until now, we have been doing the ultra slow hand pick and placing components onto our boards before putting them into our hacked oven for the reflow process.Results are very good but it is a slow and painful process especially when we come to a point where we need to make few hundreds of the boards and each board has a component count that averages more than 30. When we saw the folks at Adafruit started getting serious into automated manufacturing by using the MDC 7722FV made by MDC Corp, we were so intrigued to get one until we saw the price tag. We figured we need to fork out a whopping USD30k for one! And that’s excluding the shipping cost!

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In the past 2 months, we were in manufacturing mode churning out boards like osPID Kit, TraLog Shield, and Reflow Oven Controller Shield. About 400 boards were assembled in our secret lab within this period and we thought it would be cool to share with everyone on how we went through the whole micro manufacturing process. Read more