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Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About this project

Visit us at www.pcbgrip.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.      

Overview

The PCBGRIP Vise is a low profile vise specifically designed to hold printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronics. The PCBGRIP Vise can also be used to hold testing tools and electronics components, freeing your hands while you work.

Our patent pending design and FlatBall allows the PCBGRIP Vise to mate with the PanaVise® Model 201 base or the vise can be laid directly on your work bench. The PCBGRIP Vise is also compatible with the PCBGRIP system, available at www.pcbgrip.com.

Made of aluminum and stainless steel, the PCBGRIP Vise is lightweight and rugged, quick to adjust, and will withstand high temperatures. Not only will the PCBGRIP Vise securely hold your PCB, it can also help hold both your testing probes and components.

 

Features / Design     

  • Vise quickly adjusts for different sized PCBs;

  • Vise faces, thumb screws, and FlatBall are made of A380 cast aluminum. With a melting point of 566º Celsius (1050º Fahrenheit), the vise will continuously withstand the high temperatures of soldering irons;

  • M3x0.5 stainless steel inserts used in the vise face and thumb screws ensure a firm grip while preventing thread stripping;

  • Precut polyimide tape supplied for vise faces to provide electrical isolation if required;

  • Vise and FlatBall attach to OpenBeam with standard M3 hardware;

  • Patent pending FlatBall allows the vise to mate to the PanaVise® Model 201 base and sit low to the workbench when removed; and

  • Support system provides a robust and cost effective way to secure testing probe holders and components.

      

FlatBall allows the PCBGRIP Vise to be supported by the PanaVise® Model 201 base or sit flush on your work surface.
FlatBall allows the PCBGRIP Vise to be supported by the PanaVise® Model 201 base or sit flush on your work surface.

      

Video showing how Support Set is used to hold through hole components.  

 

Gain access to both sides of the PCB.
Gain access to both sides of the PCB.

      

Multiple vise faces can be used to solve the most difficult holding challenges.
Multiple vise faces can be used to solve the most difficult holding challenges.

      

Measuring voltage output from a LiPo boost converter.
Measuring voltage output from a LiPo boost converter.


     

Grove in bottom of vise face allows vice face to be secured with a single M3 bolt, preventing rotation, while allowing for quick adjustment.
Grove in bottom of vise face allows vice face to be secured with a single M3 bolt, preventing rotation, while allowing for quick adjustment.
           
Vise face connects to OpenBeam with standard M3 bolt
Vise face connects to OpenBeam with standard M3 bolt

      

Adjustable (left) and fixed (right) vise faces.  Either face can be repositioned quickly using the large black thumb screws.  In addition, the adjustable vise face (left in this picture) allows for fine adjustment to securely hold the PCB.
Adjustable (left) and fixed (right) vise faces. Either face can be repositioned quickly using the large black thumb screws. In addition, the adjustable vise face (left in this picture) allows for fine adjustment to securely hold the PCB.

      

Dimensions in millimeters.
Dimensions in millimeters.

      

15mm diameter cast aluminum thumb screws with stainless steel M3x0.5 inserts.  Easy to grab and twist for secure holding power.
15mm diameter cast aluminum thumb screws with stainless steel M3x0.5 inserts. Easy to grab and twist for secure holding power.

      

 

Only 15mm high, the PCBGRIP Vise sits close to your work surface.Standard header pins in picture are approximatly 12mm in length, protruding ~9mm below the PCB.  For the curious, the PCB is Adafruit's MicroSD breakout board.
Only 15mm high, the PCBGRIP Vise sits close to your work surface.Standard header pins in picture are approximatly 12mm in length, protruding ~9mm below the PCB. For the curious, the PCB is Adafruit's MicroSD breakout board.

      

PanaVise® Model 201 Vise Head opening compared to PCBGRIP Vise opening, with PCBGRIP Vise faces mounted on a 150mm length of OpenBeam.  Width between PCBGRIP Vise faces is 87mm when attached to 150mm length of OpenBeam.
PanaVise® Model 201 Vise Head opening compared to PCBGRIP Vise opening, with PCBGRIP Vise faces mounted on a 150mm length of OpenBeam. Width between PCBGRIP Vise faces is 87mm when attached to 150mm length of OpenBeam.

      

PCBGRIP Vise height compared to PanaVise® Model 201 Vise Head height.  PCBGRIP Vise face is only 15mm high.
PCBGRIP Vise height compared to PanaVise® Model 201 Vise Head height. PCBGRIP Vise face is only 15mm high.

      

Precut polyimide tape will be provided with each PCBGRIP Vise, to be applied to the vise face where electrical isolation is required.
Precut polyimide tape will be provided with each PCBGRIP Vise, to be applied to the vise face where electrical isolation is required.

      

PCBGRIP Vise and PanaVise® Model 201 Vise Head weigh approximately the same.  Cast aluminum FlatBall used in this comparison.
PCBGRIP Vise and PanaVise® Model 201 Vise Head weigh approximately the same. Cast aluminum FlatBall used in this comparison.

      

Video showing how to set up the Support Set. 

Video showing holding power of the Support Set.  

 

 

Rewards

The tables below provide details of which part is included in each reward.

      

Support Set, showing handmade prototype brackets and torsion spring.  Stainless steel rods are ⌀3mm x 150mm and ⌀3mm x 85mm.
Support Set, showing handmade prototype brackets and torsion spring. Stainless steel rods are ⌀3mm x 150mm and ⌀3mm x 85mm.

We previously completed a successful Kickstarter for our Probe Clamps.  If you would like us to ship you a probe clamp with your reward, please increase your pledge by CA$16 per probe clamp.    

If you would like more than one reward, this online calculator will calculate the total pledge value for you.

Stretch Goals

 

Project Status and Timeline     

All parts have been designed and tested.  We have sourced manufactures for all of the parts, the majority of these suppliers we have an ongoing business relationships with.  The vise is our first die cast aluminum product and to ensure the quality of our chosen supplier, we have already completed a limited production run of the vise faces and thumb screws.

We expect to deliver rewards by October 2017.  The summarized project plan is:

Prototypes     

In our prototypes, we have modified or created our own hardware and springs, to test the functionality of our design.  Hardware/springs used in the final product will be mass produced and may vary from the images shown in this campaign.  For example, in the prototype we used a circclip to retain a compression spring on the vise face that is adjustable.  In the final product, we plan on using a button head bolt with a 2mm hex.  This will allow us to speed up product assembly and make it easier for backers to modify if they choose. Production Flatballs will be cast A380 aluminum, 3D printed prototypes are shown in the campaign.  The 150mm lengths of OpenBeam shown in this campaign are clear anodized, while the ones supplied with the rewards will be anodized black, to better match the vise colour.

Shipping

Delivery in the United States will be via USPS. Delivery in Canada will be via Canada Post. Delivery to the rest of the world will be via Royal Mail and will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks once sent.

Intellectual Property and Ownership

PanaVise® and PV Jr. are registered trademarks or trademarks of PanaVise Products, Inc. PanaVise's products are protected under one or more U.S. Patents. PCBGRIP’s patent pending vise and FlatBall are compatible with the PanaVise® Model 201 base. Images of PanaVise’s products used in this campaign illustrate the compatibility of PCBGRIP’s products and the PanaVise® Model 201 base and provide visual comparisons. None of PanaVise’s products, including the PanaVise® Model 201 base, are being offered as part of this crowdfunding campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Prior to launching this campaign, we have taken steps to minimize risk. We have completed the design of PCBGRIP Vise, tested it with 3D CAD software, made our own prototypes, selected suppliers via an extensive request for quote (RFQ) process, talked to supplier references, and had suppliers provide us with samples. A lot of parts used in the assembly of the vise are from manufactures we have existing business relationships with.

Everything is already designed and tested. Common manufacturing techniques are being used to make the parts and samples have been produced. However, there may be unexpected delays in suppliers meeting delivery timelines. We have mitigated these risks by verifying supplier references and having our suppliers produce and deliver samples, adhering to predetermined timelines. We are committed to providing regular updates to backers and in the unlikely event delays do occur, we will be sure to let the backers know and provide clear communication on what is being done to correct it.

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    Support Set

    US$6 | €5.5 │ £4.8

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    Early Bird Vise Kit 1 (VK1)

    US$14 | €12.9 │ £11.2

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    Early Bird Vise Kit 2 (VK2)

    US$16 | €14.7 │ £12.8

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    A pair of PCBGRIP Vise faces and a FlatBall. Perfect if you already have your own OpenBeam and want to mount the PCBGRIP Vise to your PanaVise® Model 201 base.

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    US$18.8 | €17.3 │ £15

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    VIse Kit 4 (VK4)

    US$23.5 | €21.6 │ £18.8

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    A pair of PCBGRIP Vise faces, 150mm length of OpenBeam, and a Support Set. With this reward, you’ll have a vise that will not only sit flush to your work surface, but you’ll also be able to hold probe holders/components too.

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    Early Bird Vise Kit 5 (VK5)

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    Early Bird Vise Kit 6 (VK6)

    US$23.5 | €21.6 │ £18.8

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    Early Bird Vise Kit 7 (VK7)

    US$28 | €25.8 │ £22.4

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