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How can we quickly measure out string for cutting?

  • Electronics, Prototypes, 3D Modelling

This week, we needed to help to quickly cut out more than a hundred pieces of string for packaging. How might we quickly measure out the string for cutting, ensuring a consistent length for the pieces of string AND get the job done efficiently?

Our first attempt was to semi-automate the process using a DIY linear actuator. However, it was too bulky to bring down to site. Our second iteration was a more portable version, and it was put to good use earlier this afternoon!

Quick String Measurement Tool - version 0.1 (bulky)

Linear String Measurement Tool

Quick String Measurement Tool - version 0.2 (portable)

Portable Rotating String Measurement Tool

And here's the story..


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Time did not permit but it would have been nice to add in an automated cutter!
Perhaps it will be added in a future enhancement, when we need to cut more string!

Just at thought, automation and tools are meant to help us in our work and lives.
But we need to remember our objectives. Efficiency does not equate to effectiveness.
In a way, prototypes like these work well to get the job done without the frills.

Do you need to create some prototypes to help you at work?
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