10 kilograms of Skallops and counting!
I'm here in the shop babysitting the laser, and I wanted to give you a couple glimpses into the well-oiled Skallops-cutting machine that is E&M Labs.
First, we discovered right after the last update that picking up and separating Skallops by hand just wasn't going to fly. Thus our first innovation: the Super Skallop Sucker!
Now in order to suck those Skallops speedily, the layout we started out with doesn't really work: the little points of the negative space from the rounded corners of the card slits catch each Skallop and hold it in the frame. So instead we lay out the Skallops in rows, circle-to-circle. This works beautifully, with the Skallops falling out of the board as final cut is made, but it also mixes the Skallops with a bunch of little triangle bits.
Next step: the Skallop/Scrap Sorting Sieve!
This works surprisingly well: just a simple series of shakes, and the scrap speedily separates from Skallops. And here's the final result -- 10 kilograms of Skallops! There's actually quite a bit more around the shop; this is just the result of the current optimized production process.
Finally, check out this time-lapse of the laser hard at work. That's all for now!
PS. This update was brought to you by the letter "S"!