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Concept Exploration Models - David Guasch Rodríguez
Can Recycler - Works-like
Mechanism General Overview:
The following section illustrates the operational principle behind the can recycler concept. It consists of three different subassemblies. The first one, situated on the top left corner, is a lathe that peels of the aluminum can. The chip removed is then fed into the next arrangement, a paperclip bender unit. Finally, the same chip can be used on the last mechanism, a staple press. In the following sections, details of each subassembly are discussed into detail.
The lathe comprehends three parts: a fixed sharp tool, two rollers and a rotating screw. This last device drills the bottom of the can until it is tightly fixed. Then the can and screw ensemble rotate while the opposite end of the can is in contact with the sharp tool. This results in the aluminum can been cut off into a thin chip that constitutes the raw material for the next two phases. The same rotating screw is able to feed the whole length of the can into the cutting device. This mechanism is able to use most of the can, except for both ends which are discarded with the first and final cuts. Lastly, the two rollers compress the chip, resulting in a round section, and feed the paperclip bender.
The Paperclip Bender
The paperclip mechanism is based on W.D. Middlebrook's design. It consists of three headstock pieces and a couple of sharp edges. In order to make a paperclip, first the headstock on the right bends the chip as illustrated on the next two pictures:
Next, the headstock located in the middle produces the second bend:
Finally, the last headstock performs the last bend and the sharp edges cut loose the finished paperclip:
The Staple Press
The last subassembly is the staple press. The same chip that is used on the paperclip bender can be used to produce staples. If the paperclip bender stays idle, the chip is fed into the press. When the top die presses against the bottom one, the chip is deformed and cut into the final shape. The user can decide whether to produce paperclips, staples or both by pressing the corresponding button on the front panel of the machine.