31 Jan '14, 3am

Drilling Custom Standoffs

Every electronics project of sufficient complexity needs standoffs – little plastic or metal cylinders – to mount boards to one another. Keeping hundreds of little plastic trinkets around doesn’t really fit with the hacker mentality, though: it would be far simpler to keep some Delrin rod stock around to drill and cut standoffs as needed. [HomeCSP] created a device to do just that , allowing him to turn 1/4″ Delrin rod stock into any size standoff he needs. Before building this device, [HomeCSP] was taking plastic rods to the drill press fitted with a very tiny drill bit for a #2 screw. The problems with that technique should be evident to anyone. The new solution uses an old cordless drill and a 6 inch piece of linear rail, effectively turning some bits of scrap into a horizontal drill press with a stationary bit. The end result is a machine that can bore a hole straight ...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/01/30/drilling-custom-standoffs/

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