View Full Version : CNC'd tape dispenser!

Doc Nickel
06-08-2010, 03:32 PM
From the pages of MAKE:Blog, a one-pound CNC-machined desktop tape dispenser (http://acuteaero.com/2010/06/03/the-most-advanced-scotch-tape-dispenser-in-the-world/):


It was a part from the advanced CNC class at Laney College, but has some potential for those of you looking for a small, relatively simple project for a Christmas gift or similar. After all, unless your subject really likes nuts, how many people will end up using those nutcrackers? :D


06-08-2010, 04:19 PM
and here I was, expecting to see a servo-ed dispenser that measures out the tape 0.001"!

06-08-2010, 06:09 PM
Title reminded me of a demo the last day of the CNC week at Galesburg
3yrs ago where a fireworks taping device was shown. The completed
shell has to be wrapped with masking type tape to a depth of 6-12 layers
IIRC and the demonstrator had rigged up three axes of rotation. Tape was
started and one axis ran at higher speed, another a bit slower and the
third jogged periodically resulting in a fairly spherical 100% coverage of
the shell in a short time. Shells are tennis to soft ball sized and meant
to be fired from computerized mortars at fireworks displays.
Simple and ingenious application of MachIII.

06-08-2010, 06:10 PM
That's very cool....

Deja Vu
06-08-2010, 06:15 PM
Nice finish, whoever. Elegant!

06-08-2010, 06:33 PM
Huh. It's no good for high-speed operation. They didn't put ball bearings on the center shaft. :D