OpenPnP is a project to create the plans, prototype and software for a completely Open Source SMT pick and place machine that anyone can afford. I believe that with the ubiquity of cheap, precise motion control hardware, some ingenuity and plenty of Open Source software it should be possible to build and own a fully functional SMT pick and place machine for under $1000.
Overall, the project is in a pre-alpha state. This means that it's under heavy development and there are currently no end-user usable components. We are working hard towards an initial alpha release.
If you would like to keep up with our progress you can Watch this project on GitHub, check out our Twitter, join the discussion group, or come chat with us on Freenode IRC at #openpnp. If you don't have an IRC client, you can use this web based one
If you'd like to be involved in the development of OpenPnP, please join the discussion group, introduce yourself and let us know how you can help.
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