Pinheck Pinball System REV5 Production Update!

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These are the first 5 test boards to make sure the changes from the REV4 board we done correctly. Since I am pretty sure this is the final revision I ordered the boards on FR4 170TG and ENIG finish. 170TG is higher temperature rated substrate which allows for lead free reflow without scotching the board. ENIG finish is a higher quality finish for the pads over HASL as it tends to be flatter and more consistent which is nicer on the pick and place machines.

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Pinheck board on the pick and place. Currently the machine is only setup to place the passive parts which are the resistors, capacitors, and LEDs. This consists almost 90% of the board parts.

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After the pick and place I manually placed the IC chips and placed it on the intake side of our reflow oven.

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This is what the board looks like after coming out of the reflow. There are a couple bridges on the ICs so I will need to tweak my automatic paste dispenser settings.

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Finished soldering the through hole parts. Wishing I had a selective soldering machine about now!

4 thoughts on “Pinheck Pinball System REV5 Production Update!”

  1. How would a noob like myself go about deciding between this and a p-roc? Or is this even destined to be an end-user product?

    1. This is destined to become an end-user product. We plan on selling later on this year.

      Some benefits over p-roc will be price, single board solution, and you don’t need a PC inside the pinball machine.

      It is not as powerful as the p-roc system since a MCU can’t compete with a full fledged computer. You also need to have a bit more programming experience as the game logic is programmed in the Arduino IDE (C programming). The board will have examples on how to make a game so a “noob” would be easily able to figure out how to get a machine programmed.

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