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I’m working on a pivoting mechanism that will have 6 positions, each position is held in place by magnets. I want to get the right “magnet feel”, not too much holding pressure, not too little. Also satisfying and fun to operate. Maybe a little addictive too.
I know the strength of a magnet can be measured, but I haven’t found much out there on quantifying how a magnetic connection feels. So my Magnet Feel Scale from one to ten: ONE being — getting your fingers pinched between two rare earth magnets, and TEN — the addictive snapping into place of the iPad Smart Cover.
I’ve been working on combining a vacuum former and a CNC. The goal is that the machine can mill the buck, form the plastic shell, and then mill the shell — all in one. The hope is that some interesting parts can be created with the machine.
I’m still in early stages and the rig is basically a Frankenstein build of various kits, but I think it’s starting to go somewhere.
My latest tin can toy is based on Galactus. The main feature are the antennas on the side of the helmet. And the parts that connect the antenna fins to the head turned out to be the trickiest pieces. I made a jig for the mill so I could slot the aluminum. Then I turned them to the correct size on the lathe.