[MC] realized he had forgotten about an order for 2000 cut wires that was now due in a few days. Rather than dropping everything to complete the task, he whipped up this machine to cut the wires for him. A PIC 16F628 board drives a couple of battery-powered drill motors. One of them powers two lawnmower wheels for the feed, and the other turns a pin that squeezes the wire cutters. It’s not as advanced as the cutter/stripper from last year, but it gets the job done.
After the break you can see it does what is intended. The final product took about $80 and 12 hours of his time to build. [MC’s] planned improvements include more accurate wire measurement, plus an LCD and button based user interface.