Blue Origin: PCB Rework Station

Faculty Advisor: Lawrence Neeley

Sponsor: Blue Origin

During development, it is common to rework or modify certain aspects of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) to meet ever-changing design requirements. They are the backbone of all electronic devices and hold together all the important electrical components. PCBAs are used in almost everything, ranging from simple tasks like heating up your food in the microwave to powering incredibly complex networks of computers such as Blue Origin rocket ships. The current rework process is time consuming and tedious. We worked closely with Blue Origin’s research and development lab to understand the standards and difficulties of PCBA rework and designed a workstation to revolutionize this process. This station is self-contained and significantly reduces lead times, allowing Blue Origin to complete all rework in-house. Major challenges included understanding and designing around user ergonomics, mitigating environmental hazards, and providing the precision needed for PCBA rework while meeting all industry standards.

Faculty Advisor:

  • Lawrence Neeley

Team Members:

  • Aaron Huang
  • Rohith Tatineni
  • Jeremy Wenger
  • Elias Wheatfall

Project Poster

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