3D Robotics

Our big new Manncorp pick-and-place machine is now up and running in our new San Diego factory, joining the smaller pick-and-place that we already had. In the above video, it's placing components on IMU shields in pairs. We should be back in full production by the end of the week. We have all components on hand, including the hard-to-find dataflash chips, so we should be ready to meet demand for ArduCopter and the public release of the APM code. (ArduCopter pre-orders will probably begin in about two weeks, with shipments in about a month)
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  • Does anyone know any pick and place smt assembly service for one off prototipes under 200$ USD?

  • Any word on local pick up?
  • Chris,
    That is some sweet machine. Way back when my little company was making a special board we outsourced a company to do all of the surface mount (size of Sen-Sen). I would do all of the 'dumb' parts by hand. 120 pin connector, and other stuff left me with 700 hand solders. I got pretty good; I could usually do them in under 8 minutes.
  • I'm awed by your lightning fast reply, my wallet has breathed a sigh of relief, and I only now fear being beaten once by my wife instead of twice. Thanks Chris.

    (j/k'ing about the wife thing... she kinda likes the idea so now that it's one board I probably won't be beat at all).
  • 3D Robotics
    Yes, ArduCopter and ArduPilot Mega (fixed wing) use the same AP electronics. You just load different software. You can move the electronics from plane to quad to heli, no prob.
  • Hi, this could be a really stupid question but can the ArduPilot Mega and ArduPilot IMU be used for both copter and airplane? (the budget minded want to know...)

  • Living in San Diego, when these boards are ready for sale again, would it be possible to do a local pickup directly from the factory, or do I need to order from the site?
  • Moderator
    Thats a good question.

    Remembering the live video feed from Sparkfun last year as they made the first ArduPilot boards, it was hard to guess the output since it would run slow and suddenly have a blindingly fast spurt of action, so I couldn't even guess how many were coming off the line.
  • how many boards does it build daily
  • Since you say "pre-orders will probably begin in about two weeks", do you already have an estimate of how much the various kits will cost? I'm mostly interested in the full KIT. Not a precise price of course, but a +/-50$ range will be enough
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