Microcontroller programmer robot – Robotic microcontroller
Anyone whos read this blog for any amount of time knows that I love microcontrollers and projects made with them. Well, heres a microcontroller project that creates more microcontrollers. Is this the beginning of a Terminator-esque future?
Im a sucker for cool electro-mechanical projects (if you have one youd like me to post about, use the Contact link) so when I saw this, I got excited. A guy in Hungary has created a “robot” which utilizes an old printer mechanism with a few standard radio-control servos to program microcontrollers in bulk.
The printer slide is used to provide the horizontal movement while a special mechanism moves a vacuum attachment vertically to grab the chips from the supply rail on the right. The blank microcontroller is dropped into a ZIF socket and a servo closes the latch. After the programming is complete, the arm removed the chip from the socket and transfers it to the output rail.
Ive spent a quite few years in the semiconductor manufacturing field, including several in the production areas and I can say that this guys project is actually remarkably similar to whats used by the professionals — just much slower. Ill bet that he could ramp the horizontal movement significantly but other than that, its a pretty sweet project!
Check the video out below. The first half shows the overall process and the second half shows each step in detail.
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