DIY SMD pick and place for desktop

You must be very patient and careful to place SMD at their location using a simple clamp. A magnifying glass is also essential for some (this is my case). During my browsing on the Internet, I found manual “Pick & place” for SMD. I list in appendix the main articles that inspired me.
I wanted to take advantage of my 3D printer and I wanted a montage taking less space than those proposed, all not too expensive.


  • Cheaper
  • Basic
  • Removable
  • Take a minimum of space
  • Use on a desk

The cart where the hand rests can move in X and Y axis. The hand can move up and down the “pen” and turn it on itself. The vacuum pump is activated with a foot switch. A camera can display the work area on a screen. The chosen camera has its own adjustable intensity lighting and has a wheel to adjust the sharpness.

After making the pictures, I thought about the 17% left-handed, I added on the piece of the cart (STL file) 4 other holes to mount the “pen” and the camera on the other side.


The feet are mounted on suction cups to save space and avoid piercing my desktop. I enclose the STL file of the screw feet that I had planned at the beginning.

The “pen” supplied with the pump has a hole on the side. In normal use, the user obstructs or not the hole to catch the SMD. In our case, as we control the pump with a foot switch, this hole should be plugged with a small piece of tape.

3D files

All 3D files are available on

Bill of material

4 Metal bars 8mm length 200mm :
4 Bearings LMU8 : uxcell Ball Bushing Linear Motion 8mm x 15mm x 24mm Double Sealed 10 Pcs
1 spring 20x62mm :
4 Suction cups 30mm : AxeSickle 100pcs 30mm Diameter Mini Clear Plastic Suction Cup without Hooks.
Vacuum pump :
Foot switch :
Camera : Digital Portable Android USB Microscope Otoscope Endoscope Inspection Camera with 10-200X Magnifier for Kids, Student, Household, Support Mac Windows PC Android

Sources of inspiration

* // wood version 🙂

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