The Objective: create a magnetized paper clip using 1/8″ acrylic, steel bearings and up to five small magnets
The Rules: one-handed paper insertion into clip, clip doesn’t move when paper is removed, no glue or adhesives used in construction
The Tools: laser cutter, heat gun
The Focus: aesthetic, smooth function, good tolerance precision for magnet press-fit
The process: ideation–what do I like?
The conclusion: fractals are pretty neat
How can we turn this into a paper clip?
- bending around bearings
- bearings need to be secured somehow
- magnets need to be press-fit
The first prototype had some wobbles to work out
But it did work
After some manufacturing touch-ups, a final product was created