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SparkFun Charm High Desktop Pick and Place

SparkFun Low Cost Desktop Pick and Place Machine

The CHMT36VA is a $2800 desktop sized pick and place machine from Charm High. We use it to produce a variety of designs, 50 to 100pcs at a shot. It works very well for low-volume high-mix pick and place of 0603 based designs.

The main purposed of this repo is the Eagle Conversion ULP and the English Language file. The Conversion ULP offers the user a GUI that looks like this:

Conversion GUI

This allows the user to take in an Eagle BRD file and output the recipe file that the CHMT36VA expects. This cuts down on setup time of the machine dramatically.

The English Language conversion file is our translation and typo fixes of the Charm High provided english file.

Do you have one of these machines? Want to share your tips and tricks and ask other owners a question? Join the Desktop Pick and Place google group!

Be sure to checkout our posts on the machine:

Repository Contents

  • /Eagle-Conversion - Takes an EAGLE design and outputs a work file complete with feeder data. See SparkFun Charm EAGLE Conversion ULP for more information.
  • /KiCad-Conversion - Same as EAGLE but less developed. It works, but less bells and whistles.
  • /Language-File - A new smt_English.qm file for easier to understand error messages and buttons
  • /Software - The various versions of the Windows based Charm High software
  • /User-Manuals - Various manuals from different machines in an attempt to piece together various poorly translated or documented features

Related Projects

  • PNPConvert Conversion utility with DipTrace support, written in Groovy.

License Information

This product is open source!

Please review the file for license information.

If you have any questions or concerns on licensing, please contact

Please use, reuse, and modify these files as you see fit. Please maintain attribution to SparkFun Electronics and release any derivative under the same license.

Distributed as-is; no warranty is given.

  • Your friends at SparkFun.


Tools and conversion scripts for the CHM-T36VA Desktop Pick and Place from SparkFun







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