I fuss a lot about how to organize tools and parts so that people can easily find and use them. This is a constant challenge in my day-to-day business as much as it is at my local hackspace. What I’ve figured out so far is that everything has to have a dedicated home address that’s very visible and easy to access. “Picking bins” hit a sweet spot that meet a lot of needs.
They’re stackable; they’re open in the front; they’ve got room for a label on the front; there’s no lid to lose; it’s hard to put them on a shelf the wrong way; they can be made without glue, tape, or fancy tools; they can be made from recycled materials; and you can see what’s inside without opening anything.
Build-a-Bin also generates a drawing file in the DXF format, which can be read by most laser cutter software. (You can also print the DXF drawing to make templates for hand cutting.) You’ll need to save this DXF file to your computer.
Build-a-Bin doesn’t yet export the file automatically, so here’s how you do it: just copy all the text from the DXF File window, save it as a plain text file on your computer, then change the file extension from .txt to .dxf and you’re good to go.
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