You're making your own PCBs at home?
At one point you'll end up having a box full of components strips.
To organize these I created these little magazines.
They'll boost your placement productivity and keep your shop organized.
Here are the links to the Fusion 360 projects:
Springloaded Version: https://a360.co/2PITPlA
Compliant version: https://a360.co/2WYnhW4
Doesn't Matter PLA
YouTube Video about how and why I built this
Springloaded or Compliant?
You can choose between two types of Magazines.
There are the ones with a spring and a screw and a newer version that is built with a compliant mechanism and is ready for use right after printing.
No screws, no springs, no assembly!
Both versions are fully compatible with the rail and come both in the same size and gap width.
They both feel pretty snappy. The compliant mechanism version is not lacking any feel, stiffness or rigidity.
For every Magazin you will need a compression spring.
It should be compressible to at least 8.5mm (0.3437”) and its diameter should not exceed 5.5 mm (0.2187”).
A suitable spring might be 0.5 x 20 x 5.5 as found in many sprint assortment kits on ebay or other sources.
For every Magazine you will need one 2.9mm x 12-14 mm wooden or tapping screw.
Measure the thickness of your SMD Component Strip and choose the appropriate Magazine.
Choose a gap that is slightly bigger than the thickness of your strip.
e.g. a regular strip with 0402 or 0603 components fits perfectly in a 1.5 mm gap and a 15 mm width.
How to choose the right file
By default I’ve exported the Rail in 120mm and 60mm length.
Print as much as you may need.
You will need a piece of foam you can put between the Rail and the Magazines. Its to give the part enough pressure and rigidity when attached to the Rail.
If your foam is between 6mm and 9mm thick use the 5 mm rail.
If your foam is between 9mm and 11mm thick use the 8 mm rail.
If your foam is between 11mm and 15mm thick use the 12 mm rail.
How to choose the right file:
Insert the spring into the Magazine.
Insert and tighten the lever with a screw.
Print as many Rails as you may need. Optional but recommended: Use the cavity to glue some weight into place.
Insert your foam. Optional: Hold it in place with a drop of hot glue.