Regular readers will be familiar with UK open source hardware kitmakers oomlout. We love their products and link out to them a lot. This post is not about what they sell, however; it’s about what they share. The folks at oomlout are fairly obsessive process engineers, and are constantly hacking, modding, and tweaking their in-house production equipment to make their assembly and packing operations smooth and efficient. Very often, their custom tools are made from laser-cut parts, and they are always generous about sharing the physibles and other design info for these machines.
Here, I’ve rounded up my top ten favorite oomlout small-factory hacks, in arbitrary Sean-thinks-it’s-awesome order. Where we’ve covered the build before, I’ve linked to our own pages. Where we haven’t, I’ve linked out. If, like me, you sometimes get process-engineer envy while watching How It’s Made, you are sure to enjoy it. Oomlout’s message to you is: You don’t have to own a multimillion dollar factory if you want to play along at home.