Thanks for the comment. I am sure that there are things that can be leveraged off of these efforts, but there are some fundamental aspects that we are seeking to improve upon.
One of these areas is to completely eliminate the style of feeders that are used. There are two reasons for this. First the cost. Feeders drive significant cost into the designin a few ways. Their mechancial nature makesthem expensive to produce, and because you need to have a lot of them for building any sort of board, this further increases cost. The other issue with this style of feeder is that they significantly increase the footprint of the device. I think that we as a group can do better while only suffering some minor tradeoffs
This is not to discourage posting other references. We are always open to reference material.
The way my brain works: when I saw "desktop pick and place machine" I immediately thought of a robot that you put on your desk which cleans up your desktop. The question is, after it has finished placing everything, will I be able to find anything?