We get a lot of people asking us about our in-house prototyping and manufacturing processes. We love sharing what we've learned in the trenches!
Today's topic is how to take a bunch of Amazon parts and make a low cost (< $75) adjustable DIY vacuum pickup tool (with a foot pedal) for doing manual pick and place.
Why is this useful? It helps you prototype boards faster and with less effort! In our tests we were between 60-90% faster with the vacuum pickup than with tweezers.