Oomlout’s guide to kitting

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The team at oomlout has continued to post all the methods they use in their manufacturing process. This time around it’s the kitting process: how they actually packaged 30 identical SERB kits in an efficient fashion. We covered their wire cutting bot before, but they’ve got other dedicated machines like a sticker cutter. The stickers are used to remove all the cut acrylic pieces from the laser cutter as one unit. They’ve got some other tricks like using a scale to count bolt quantities, and an egg timer to keep track of the laser cutting. All of their envelopes are printed using a parallel port inkjet that has been modified to work with any thickness paper.

We love when hackers bother to post this much detail about their process. One of our favorites is [ladyada]‘s full rundown of how the Minty Boost was created.

Comments

  1. Jack says:

    Enough spamming ddsas (or whatever you’re going by at the moment). That website isn’t even interesting. Just a collection of the latest random trash on the net. And get a proper domain name.

  2. Ben says:

    Does anyone know if kitted electronics have to comply with EMC regulations in the uk?

  3. john says:

    did anyone else read this as “Oomlout’s guide to knitting”? guess i’m tired.

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    Massive spam attack, bummer.

    did anyone else read that as “knitting” initially?

    Boy was _I_ confused.

  5. andrew says:

    @john: I did :)

  6. tony says:

    not knitting, but I did expect to see someone flying something in the air by a string. but now that I’ve had my coffee, I understand.

  7. saimhe says:

    2john: me too! :)

  8. greenyooper says:

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who though this was gong to be a wool sweater hack. It must be the -15 F temps outside :)

  9. blizzarddemon says:

    Boy, got alotta kids posting today. <.< I think these are great hacks that probably saved those guys tons of money by making themselves instead of buying retail.

  10. Nubie says:

    All I saw knitting as well.

    I checked out that robot, for $50 you get a breadboard, two skate bearings, three 0-rings, and some nuts, bolts and wire.

    NO ACRYLIC. What a ripoff, as the acrylic is the only difficult part of that bot. Hmm, makes me want to build a little bot out of aluminum stock, I wonder if I have enough left.

  11. k-ww says:

    the people at dynaco [tube amps, pll fm tuner, and other kits] in the late 60’s, early 70’s had a clever idea for their kitting – they bounced the screws and other small parts off of a loudspeaker cone, and counted the impulses

  12. dudebro says:

    Andrew fuck off

  13. jproach says:

    @ben: I highly doubt they have to pass any kind of certifications, because the “finished product” is just a box of parts that does not do anything. I’m sure there is some legalese in the manual that releases them from any kind of blame from a built unit as well.

    But I would be interested to hear if anyone knows more (maybe rohs applies? etc.)

  14. Jay says:

    Ok I don’ know about anyone else but I work for a major electronics test equipment manufacture and I have seen the process for assembling VERY expensive test systems and I am impressed at the quality of the assembly of the kit. Not only have they produced an exceptional quality product they also showed how they did it in ridiculous detail. Right ON! Most companies would consider this a “Trade” secret but they not only documented it but provided all the files to reproduce it. I agree the kit is expensive but that wasn’t the point of the article………………… I believe it is more along the lines of automation on a small scale. RIGHT ON! Keep it coming!

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