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Anyone any experience with the LumenPnP from Opulo (Stephen Hawes)

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stuartlea:
I'm thinking of pushing the go button on one of these for light duty use....Anyone played with one?

Thanks, Stu

MR:
Sorry to say but it doesn't seem to be worth it.

Motors -- too small, too low power
Simple gantry design ... just buy a 3d printer and dodge a cheap pnp head on it.
OpenPNP ... not even developed by Opulo...
EMC ... don't even dream about that.
eg.
https://www.m3.tuc.gr/EQUIPMENT/DMU50eco/Sinumerik%20810d/Planning%20Guide%20Edition.pdf

And all those printed parts DIY ... I mean you can print them straight away right now.
Extruded Aluminum is cheap and you can get it everywhere.
There's not even a drag-chain just some dodgy hanging part.

1700$ ok the guy is an enthusiast who should be supported but that's too much.

If I would like to go that way I'd rather buy a chinese machine maybe used, and update their controller to support openpnp if the chinese
software is not sufficient.

A PNP is not difficult to design and build --- it's all about the feeders.
Want 50 feeders? ... setup-time per feeder 3-5 minutes ... 2:30 - ~4:00 setup time for the feeders.
It's quite some work to design reliable feeders.
How about humidity can the machine stand different humidity levels?

- You also need to organize the smd components
- You will have to organize your PCB projects (and revisions)
- possibly stock monitoring / component counter

- you will need a stencil printer
- you will need a reflow oven

certainly it can all be done cheaply but if you want to do it efficiently it will be more expensive.

mairo:
I wonder if the recent NeoDen move with theirs low cost YY1 is in response to the low cost Index PnP.

newto:
I've been following the development for a while, and I think it's *almost* there. As MR said, it seems a bit over priced for what you get in the kit, so I hope they can bring the price down with volume.

The thing I'm most interested in is the feeders, his most recent video has a very slim and probably cheap design. If he can get them going reliably for 30-40 bucks that would probably make the design worth it.

Yellofriend:

--- Quote from: MR on August 18, 2022, 09:48:48 pm ---Sorry to say but it doesn't seem to be worth it.


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I disagree.

He puts lots of thought into his PnP and the cost is reasonable. Bonus: He really uses his own machine - this concept is unknown in China!

I have a Chinese PnP and parts are failing left and right. Mainly due to poor connectors (all no brand from the electronic markets). Then you have dreadful software (mine uses Windows 7).

I believe with the LumenPnP you have at least a user that can give you support.

Of course it's a hobby machine and not for the daily production user.

Disclaimer: I am not related to LumenPnP, I have no LumenPnP, I don't plan to buy a LumenPnP. If I had no PnP I would consider a LumenPnP.

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