Regular readers will be familiar with UK open source hardware kitmakers oomlout. We love their products and link out to them a lot. This post is not about what they sell, however; it’s about what they share. The folks at oomlout are fairly obsessive process engineers, and are constantly hacking, modding, and tweaking their in-house production equipment to make their assembly and packing operations smooth and efficient. Very often, their custom tools are made from laser-cut parts, and they are always generous about sharing the physibles and other design info for these machines.

Here, I’ve rounded up my top ten favorite oomlout small-factory hacks, in arbitrary Sean-thinks-it’s-awesome order. Where we’ve covered the build before, I’ve linked to our own pages. Where we haven’t, I’ve linked out. If, like me, you sometimes get process-engineer envy while watching How It’s Made, you are sure to enjoy it. Oomlout’s message to you is: You don’t have to own a multimillion dollar factory if you want to play along at home.


Simple Fume Extractor


Dual Monitor Holder


Crimp Tool Holder


Servo Switch


Wire Spool Holder


IC Pin Squisher


Resistor Cutting Robot


Photo Lazy Susan


Button Shelves (Pick-to-Light System)


Automatic Wire Cutter and Stripper

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