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Offline t.geist

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Scanning tools for cutting kaizen foam
« on: September 20, 2019, 03:19 PM »
Hi everyone. I have been cutting kaizen by hand for quite a while, but we are getting ready to go into major production. Has anyone found a system to scan in the Festool tools and then program into a CNC machine?

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Offline Kevin Johnson

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Re: Scanning tools for cutting kaizen foam
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 03:30 PM »
Do you mean something like this...


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Offline dupe

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Re: Scanning tools for cutting kaizen foam
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 03:38 PM »
Lay out tape lines as a a consistent boundary or tape your foam insert to a the table - these will serve as you registration.

Take pictures from overhead with a tripod one tool at a time, as close to center as possible > a black background will help get help in getting sharp edges on the object.

Bring pictures into photoshop (confirm consistent scale) remove background, invert, save each tool as separate file or separate layer and start arranging on your blank. Adobe illustrator may be better for arranging 'silhouettes' and exporting to .dwg
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Offline WillAdams

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Re: Scanning tools for cutting kaizen foam
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2019, 06:41 PM »
Some ingenious techniques I've heard of:

 - lay the tools out on a sheet of glass, with marks on the corners, place a bright light underneath casting a sharp shadow on a clean white surface --- photograph this --- place the photograph in Photoshop, distort it until the marks line up with their known dimensions
 - place the tools on a sheet of paper, make a tool which is a pointed piece of wood with a recess along the tip to hold a ball point pen refill --- the wood will hold the pen refill vertically, and the point of it will allow the marks to very closely approximate the tool
 - place the tools on a gridded background (a cutting mat works well), photograph them, place the photo in a drawing program, and line it up so that the grid is square and the correct size, place the image on a background and re-draw --- that's the technique I used for: https://cutrocket.com/p/5bdcd4e31c403/
 - find or make 3D models of the tools and arrange them in a modeling program --- I used that for: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/379709812305098767/ (drew up the tools in OpenSCAD)

I'm seriously considering just putting the tools on the lid of a box on top of a thin layer of foam, draping them with a cut open T-shirt, putting the box on top and then spraying expanding foam into the box.

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Scanning tools for cutting kaizen foam
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2019, 09:49 AM »
Have you seen Fastcap.com ‘s Kaizen knife. They make a long thin razor knife specifically made for cutting Kaizen foam. I think that they also make a “hot knife” for cutting Kaizen foam. I know nothing about Kaizen foam but I have been obsessed with Fastcap.com lately so I know they have a bunch of Kaizen foam related products (including the foam itself). They are really big into LEAN there.