09 Sep '17, 2pm

Things Learned From Hot Wire Cutting a Droid’s Body https://t.co/uputIw909D

Things Learned From Hot Wire Cutting a Droid’s Body https://t.co/uputIw909D

One of [Bithead]’s passions is making Star Wars droids, and in the process of building the outer shell for one of them he decided to use hot wire foam cutting and make his own tools. Having the necessary parts on hand and having seen some YouTube videos demonstrating the technique, [Bithead] dove right in. Things didn’t go exactly to plan but happily he decided to share what did and didn’t work, and in the end the results were serviceable. [Bithead] built two hot wire cutters with nichrome wire. The first was small, but the second was larger and incorporated some design refinements. He also got an important safety reminder when he first powered on with his power supply turned up too high; the wire instantly turned red and snapped with an audible bang . He belatedly realized he was foolishly wearing neither gloves nor eye protection. When it came to use his self-made tools,...

Full article: https://hackaday.com/2017/09/09/things-learned-from-hot-w...

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