[hackerspaces] Tool ID tools?

Arclight arclight at gmail.com
Fri Sep 18 17:39:19 CEST 2015

This is a larger problem than just tagging, ID'ing or even doing a
VRML walkthrough of your shop's tools.  There are plenty of tools
whose job is "cut metal." But it takes time for people to learn the
differences in properties between Aluminum, hardened Steel and Brass.
Each of these requires different strategies depending on what kind of
cut/hole/slot the maker wants to end up with, and there are different
safety concerns.

Even the lowly file comes in several distinct varieties for different
types of material and desired result.  I feel like a mandatory "Shop
101" class is ultimately going to be the answer.  Most trade schools
spend the first 2-3 class periods introducing the shop and making new
students pass a safety test.  Hackerspaces should probably be doing
more of this.

The problem with the hackerspace is that it's full of smart people.
Unfortunately, being smart doesn't help you all that much with not
cutting hardened materials with the nippers, or knowing when to use a
step drill instead of a hole saw. Tech just doesn't offer us a lot of
shortcuts here.


On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Shirley Hicks
<shirley at velochicdesign.com> wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> Does anyone know if there is a visual ID tool out there that newbies can use
> to figure out what a tool should be used for?
> I’m kitting out our circuits lab. I’m adding a mess of tools that are kind
> of hard to write on to say “use to cut wire or use with x, preferably not
> other things”.
> I’m wondering if anyone has applied something like the MedSnap technology
> (https://medsnap.com/) to tools.
> Thanks!
> Shirley Hicks
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