Side project-PCB Vise

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Tobe
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Side project-PCB Vise

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This is a side project to compensate that my hands are not as flexible anymore...a third hand!?!?!
There are several variants out there of PCB holder but most are quite bulky and/or quite expensive so I put the little grey cells to work and came up with this:
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All parts are slided together, notice the side where the nut goes and the top is screwed in place
All parts are slided together, notice the side where the nut goes and the top is screwed in place
Should give an idea of the required sixe of the spring, the screw is a M4x25
Should give an idea of the required sixe of the spring, the screw is a M4x25
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You will find most information in the included .zip file and as hardware you would need a M4 x 25 screw with nut and a spring that fit the screw and almost as long.
My printer settings are:
0,4 mm nozzle
85 % infill
0,09 layer height
Supports
ABS
Holes and surfaces might need sized/smoothed out
PCB-Holder TDK.JPG
PCB-Vise TDK.zip
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The nut slides into to the middle piece that when rotated will first regulat the spring tension but eventually lock the PCB if needed.
Each vise has a magnet of 10x4 inserted so it will "stick" to a piece of thin sheet metal i.e. scrap piece from a roofing company or similar that has a bend along one side.
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Cheers,

Tobe
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Flynn
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Re: Side project-PCB Vise

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Printing as I type.... thanks for including the step file as well, I had to enlarge the base a tad as I have 12mm dia magnets.

I made a PCB Holder some time ago.
PCB Holder.zip
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I can't draw springs so it isn't shown! It obviously goes on the bolt between the jaw and the base frame. The whole thing slides on a piece of 2040 extrusion
Attachments
pcb holder.jpg
You only ever need two tools....WD40 and duct tape.
If it doesn't move when it should use the WD40 and if it moves and it shouldn't use the tape.
Tobe
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Re: Side project-PCB Vise

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You take what you have and that's why I included the .step file.
Mine is just a concept, the key is the nut that can slide up and down allowing variable spring tension as to lock the object thus is the screw fix mounted in the base
I have several PCB holder but I have found that most are on the large side of what I'm working with thus...
Nice job from your side, will make one as soon there is an open space in the printers schedule.
Cheers,

Tobe
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Phil_G
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Re: Side project-PCB Vise

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These are really handy, prevents the PCB from wandering all over the bench as you solder... a great idea, thanks Tobe! :D


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Tobe
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Re: Side project-PCB Vise

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Happy to hear it arrived and you put it to work.
Just a quick note behind the bend and it's purpose,
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Cheers,

Tobe
Cheers,

Tobe
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Re: Side project-PCB Vise

Post by Wayne_H »

Deceptively simple solution, right down to the bent metal tray/stand.

Very elegant, very clever- well done.👏👏
Cheers,

Wayne
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