PCB Drilling Machine (4)
Now we come to the mechanical assembly of the PCB drilling machine. The components come ready-made: all that is needed is a little care in fitting them together.The kit of mechanical parts for the PCB drilling machine consists of ready-drilled and machined parts that simply have to be fitted together. All the parts required to build a machine with one tool arm are included in the kit, even down to the necessary screws and glue. Not included, however, are any drills or milling tools that you may want to fit to the machine.A toolkit suitable for constructing the machine can be ordered from Radix. It contains all the required tools in the correct sizes: slotted and cross-head screwdrivers, box spanners, open-ended spanners, Allen keys, brushes for removing swarf, cleaning cloths, side cutters, blades etc. All the tools are of the highest quality. By purchasing the complete set you can be sure that you will always have the correct tool to hand during construction.
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CAM/CAD data for the PCB referred to in this article is available as a Gerber file. Elektor GREEN and GOLD members can exclusively download these files for free as part of their membership. Gerber files allow a PCB to be produced on an appropriate device available locally, or through an online PCB manufacturing service.
Elektor recommends its business partner Eurocircuits as the company of choice for its own prototypes and volume production in selected cases.