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Skallops are laser-cut clips that attach to regular playing cards in dozens of ways, letting you build anything that you can imagine.
Skallops are laser-cut clips that attach to regular playing cards in dozens of ways, letting you build anything that you can imagine.
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10 kilograms of Skallops and counting!

Hey all,

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"!

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      Zia Shields on March 16, 2012

      Great knowing some of the mechanics in producing this fun product. Looking forward to enjoying and creating with these innovative Skallops.

    2. Diana Lane on March 16, 2012

      thank you sharing - my son and I can't wait for our skallops to come home.

    3. Mark & Lisa Burginger on March 15, 2012

      OMG! Following up on successful projects is more fun than funding them.

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      KifKaf on March 15, 2012

      Wow! Thank you for giving us a sense of what's going on! Question while I'm at it - I assume that you are using non-toxic coloring/dying whatever is used to finish the skallops? It may be in the video but such things are much on my mind.

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      Matt Soar on March 15, 2012

      This is a wonderful project! Thanks for all your informative and entertaining updates; much appreciated.

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      Herve Bronnimann on March 15, 2012

      I struggle to shape a smart slogan in response to your letter "S" update (brilliant! as was the idea for skallops). Maybe I should have been talking like the schtroumpfs (smurfs in English, I think). A smurfly smurf idea you had, and smurf execution to smurf!

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      Mr. Peabody on March 15, 2012

      That's a really sweet machine you have there! Thanks for all the updates on the project.