The chip carrier frame that I use to apply solder paste to ICs is too lose. The IC has a ± 0.15mm play in the X and Y directions. This combined with all the other tolerances (stencil, stencil holder alignment pins) is causing me a lot of grief with misplaced solder paste. For your reference, the small pads on the IC are 0.24 mm wide.
I looked into getting another frame cut in the US (the one I have is from China) with the hopes of getting tighter tolerances, but they have quoted me $350 USD for one. The made in China one cost me $120. In all fairness to Chinese manufacturers, the frame I have may have been made for a previous version of the IC I’m using.
Is it possible to cut one of this frames using the VHS CNCs with better than 0.1 mm tolerance? I’m also getting another stencil cut, but those are not too expensive (~$45)