If you’re anything like us, you feel slightly guilty when you send a job to a printer only to find that twenty pages have printed wrong. Maybe it’s a typo, maybe it’s the dreaded landscape versus portrait issue. Whatever it is, trees died for your mistake, and there’s nothing you can do about it except to recycle the waste. But first, wipe that guilt away by using this one-stroke paper airplane maker to equip the whole office for an epic air battle.
We have to admit, automated paper handling has always fascinated us. The idea that a printer can reliably (sometimes) feed individual sheets of a stack is a testament to good design, and don’t even get us started about automatic paper folding. [Jerry de Vos]’ paper airplane maker doesn’t drive the sheets through the folder — that’s up to the user. But the laser-cut plywood jig does all the dirty work of creating a paper airplane. The sheet is clipped to an arm that pulls the paper through a series of ramps and slots that force the paper gently into the five folds needed for the classic paper dart. It’s fascinating to watch, and even though everyone seems to be using it very gingerly lest the paper tear, we can see how adding some rollers and motors from a scrapped printer could entirely automate the process. Think of the fun a ream of paper could provide around the office then.
11 thoughts on “Turn Failed Prints Into Office Fun With A Paper Airplane Maker”
And now people would add intentional tpyo just to use the fun machine and throw paper airplane around.
a use for them file blocks school keeps giving me
Just put a tray for bad prints next to that thing for people who want to work instead of wasting time.
That way, the time-wasting employees at least won’t waste paper on top of time.
It might be more productive if personal has some bonding. Nerf fight at the office!
Mandatory reference to earlier versions of automated paper airplane mechanisms:
I do like the dart style paper airplane more for distance and accuracy.
I’m sure I can’t be the only one that read the headline and assumed failed 3D prints.
yep… and therefore I was pleasantly surprised to see something else. A fun device to make something unexpected… cool project!
Just automate the whole thing and attach it to the output of the printer.
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