About this project
I-EXTRUDER it's an stepper motor driven, Air-Free, solder paste and fluids dispenser for : PCB prototyping, electronics assembly, DIY projects, crafts, professional or industrial assembly of products.
Traditionally, in order to apply solder paste, compounds, lubricants, adhesives et.c., in electronics prototyping, DIY electronics and crafts, people are using: solder paste stencils, manual dispensing methods, or pneumatics dispensers.
The main problems with those methods of dispensing, is that you are wasting your precious time and money.
Solder paste stencils are expensive. That is probably OK if you only have a single PCB, but will quickly becomes a problem if you have multiple PCB prototypes or designs, or make them on a regular basis.
Also, when you've made any modification in PCB design, you must purchase new stencils again, pay for the express delivery and wait few days until you receive it. And in the mean time you'll have to put your PCB projects “on hold”
Manual dispensing methods such as: manual dispensing pistols, disposable medical syringes pressed by hand or toothpick - the "poor man’s dispenser" are very inaccurate, time consuming and could be very exhausting.
Pneumatic dispensers rely on air to “push” the material trough the barrel, so they must to be plugged into air compressor, which are noisy, bulky and energy consuming devices. Otherwise such dispensers will not work.
As electronic products developers, we had to constantly use solder paste stencils or pneumatic dispensers, because there was no other alternatives on market.
So we have developed the I-EXTRUDER - versatile air-free dispenser.
I-EXTRUDER could be used for the application of: solder paste, compounds, glues, retainers, silicons, adhesives, epoxies, sealants, grease, lubricants...
It's very compact, silent, light weight and combines the precision of linear stepper motor drive technology, the intelligence of microprocessor control, and the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of 10ml plastic barrel reservoirs.
I-EXTRUDER in "Pick & Place" mode can be used for ST components placement.
You can configure/adjust and save following parameters: Dispensing Time, Dispensing Mode, Dispensing Speed, “Pull Back” Amount, Screen Brightness, Language (EN, FR, GE, IT, SP, RU) and save parameters in any of 10 user programs.
I-EXTRUDER consumes only 1.6 kWh/year (2h of use per day x 365 days), and could be powered from any 5V USB source (>0.5A): PC, laptop, USB power adapter, portable USB charger (battery pack).
With the help of I-EXTRUDER fluids can be applied without mess, waste or inconsistency. Reduce assembly time by eliminating guesswork. If an application requires repetitive deposits of a fluid, a "Dotted" dispenser mode will reduce the overall time it takes by 50%.
I-EXTRUDER dispenser is fully configurable, has 10 programs and incorporate adjustable “Pull Back” feature to draw back the material and prevent dripping from the tip after dispensing.
Here is the I-EXTRUDER on custom 3-way (X,Y,Z) adjustable stand. Combined with "external trigger" feature and a foot pedal or proximity sensor it could be used for semi-automatic application of: adhesives, compounds, glues, grease...
With I-EXTRUDER dispenser, the exact amounts of adhesive can be dispensed without variations in applied pressure, without problems with changing viscosity, and without degradation in performance and repeatability.
I-EXTRUDER is a versatile dispenser which you can use not only for solder paste application, electronics products assembly but also for crafts or DIY projects. It has the "External Trigger" jack port, and can be triggered by : foot pedal switch, IR or Inductive proximity sensor, or +3.3V or +5V impulses from CNC machine.
If you need additional syringes pack, please add to your reward:
- 29€ for 30pcx pack.
- 49€ for 50pcx pack.
If you need foot pedal switch, please add additional 19€ to your reward.
If you need Aluminum Adjustable X,Y, Z stand, please add additional 29€ to your reward.
If you need Low Temperature, Lead-Free, NO-Clean solder Paste, please add additional 12€ to your reward.
I-EXTRUDER has started as a tool for our team's use internal.
We have spend many months developing and testing I-EXTRUDER.
Since the the summer 2016 all PCB prototypes (+35) for our customers and all our other projects, were made using I-EXTRUDER.
We are very proud of the results and ease of use, and we want to share this versatile tool with the worldwide community, so that it could become a revolutionary and affordable alternative to traditional distributors.
However, as you may know, mass production of electronic tools involves the fabrication of very expensive plastic extrusion molds.
We need order 7 of such molds and order CNC machined parts.
We will bear the cost of the most expenses (injection molds, motors, components), yet we still need your support.
It's why we launching this campaign on Kickstarter.
Support I-EXTRUDER campaign.
Order your smart dispenser now, and together we will revolutionize the way of PCB prototyping.
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Risks and challenges
We have years of experience in electronics development and production. We know every step needed to be taken from an idea to the shipping of finished product. In the same time, the risks inherent in volume manufacturing are real (delays, samples quality issues...) and we’ve taken every precaution to prepare for and actively address them should they arise. With the support of our manufacturing and distribution partners we are well equipped for the challenges ahead. We promise to maintain transparency and to keep our backers updated and informed about any issues that may arise and our solutions to such.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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