What we want from our machine:
Here's a quick rundown:
- Small and lightweight: an easily portable desktop unit.
- Capable of completing a circuit board in 15 minutes.
- Handles a 6" by 8" board.
- High enough resolution and accuracy to handle a Dual In-line Package (DIP).
- Routes out the traces of the circuit.
- Drills the through-holes for mounting components.
- Has an emergency stop button.
- Once blank board is loaded and program is initiated, the machine is completely autonomous.