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#101 Glint

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 05:23 PM

Oooh mystery switch, what does thaat do?!

But really, that's a cool addition. What did you have to do before, sit there counting? Or did you know how many blanks/minute or whatever it made and time it right?
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#102 Wes7143

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 10:10 PM

Cool. Can you make it's self turn off ofter it made a specific number of stefans? That way, you wouldn't have to check on it to see how much longer it will take.
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 11:17 PM

Cool. Can you make it's self turn off ofter it made a specific number of stefans? That way, you wouldn't have to check on it to see how much longer it will take.

Java:
int blank = 0;

Boolean powerOn = true; (This is linked to a digital switch, such as a solenoid)

public void setNum(int s)
{
blank = s;
}
public void powerOff()
{
(Any operations you require for powering off);
}
while(blank >= setNum)
{
powerOn = true;
}
if(powerOn == false)
{
powerOff;
}

I believe that would suffice if one used Java.

That said, you'd need an external main method to allow you to set the number you want.
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#104 hereticorp

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 09:54 AM

Oooh mystery switch, what does thaat do?!

But really, that's a cool addition. What did you have to do before, sit there counting? Or did you know how many blanks/minute or whatever it made and time it right?


What I did before was let it run for a while and then count the blanks into the box after straightening.

I do know how many blanks per minute, but I didn't keep that close track of how long it ran. Besides, I could always use extras to make my own stefans and stuff to sell.

Cool. Can you make it's self turn off ofter it made a specific number of stefans? That way, you wouldn't have to check on it to see how much longer it will take.


I could if I cared enough to automate it that much, however I don't. This is just to give me an idea of what's in the bag when I shut it off. Besides, I run it while I'm modding right next to the cutter, so it's not a big issue to check on it.

I believe that would suffice if one used Java.

That said, you'd need an external main method to allow you to set the number you want.


If I wanted to do it that way, I'd just add a power-off timer to the main power strip of the unit, that way I would know how long it ran and thus how many blanks.

Edited by hereticorp, 04 April 2009 - 09:58 AM.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 04:40 PM

I need one of those. Fucking brilliant design.
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Posted 04 April 2009 - 06:33 PM

Do you plan on making any more machines and selling them?
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#107 hereticorp

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 10:04 AM

I need one of those. Fucking brilliant design.


Thanks, you can feel free to recreate it with the electrical diagram provided.

Do you plan on making any more machines and selling them?


NO, I will not be building these for sale. The AFC is a conglomeration of spare parts and junk that have been sitting around for years, I'm not going to be making any more.

I sell blanks and pre-made stefans, that's as close as you're going to get.

On the plus side for you people who want one of your own, there's an electrical diagram posted and I think if you want it bad enough, you can figure out how to build one on your own.

Edited by hereticorp, 05 April 2009 - 10:09 AM.

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#108 Trooper 310

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 03:53 PM

Hereticorp nice job.
Has anyone tried using The Five Minute Foam Factory from makezine.com (found here http://blog.makezine...TC-0D6B48984890 ).
Could that idea be amplified into a stefan blank cutter with a greater resistance wire and other adjustments in order to avoid any accidental crushing in the foam made by traditional blades? This could drastically lower costs and maybe modified to make many cuts at once.
(This is my first post criticism would be helpful.)

Edited by Trooper 310, 19 April 2009 - 04:20 PM.

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#109 hereticorp

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 08:47 PM

Hereticorp nice job.
Has anyone tried using The Five Minute Foam Factory...


Thanks, you didn't need to post just to say that, and the rest... No.

No, no one has ever used something like that, because it would be stupid.

How're you going to make the advancing mechanism? How're you going to make the foam move onto the wire? Or the wire through the foam?

Try working out some of these issues yourself, use google, don't clutter up threads with offtopic crap.
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#110 ilzot

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 09:17 PM

Woah.

At first, when I saw your stefan sales thread, I thought this might have been a huge length of PVC that had, like, 7 Exacto blades on it. You'd move down an arm that all of the blades were attatched to, and you'd get 7 perfect blanks.

My idea was flawed.

I'm trying to think of an idea for the weighting process right now, but I really don't know.

I was thinking. Maybe you could somehow heat up a whole bunch of slingshot BB's or 3/0 fishing weights. And like, heat them up till they'd burn like fuck. And have some system where they'd get soaked in glue. So they'd melt themselves into the FBR and glue themselves in. Then have some way of having them stand up and have glue dome onto them?

No clue, but probably a fictional idea.

That foam cutter, though, is just friken ingenious.

Props 'yo.

EDIT - Spelled been wrong.

Edited by ilzot, 19 April 2009 - 09:17 PM.

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