21 Apr '17, 3pm

Automated Parts Counter Helps Build a Small Business

Automated Parts Counter Helps Build a Small Business

We love to see projects undertaken for the pure joy of building something new, but to be honest those builds are a dime a dozen around here. So when we see a great build that also aims to enhance productivity and push an entrepreneurial effort along, like this automated small parts counter , we sit up and take notice. The necessity that birthed this invention is [Ryan Bates’] business of building DIY arcade game kits . The mini consoles seen in the video below are pretty slick, but kitting the nuts, bolts, spacers, and other bits together to ship out orders was an exercise in tedium. Sure, parts counting scales are a thing, but that’s hardly a walk-away solution. So with the help of some laser-cut gears and a couple of steppers, [Ryan] built a pretty capable little parts counter. The interchangeable feed gears have holes sized to move specific parts up from a hopper to a c...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2017/04/21/automated-parts-counter-he...

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