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


Appolonian Gasket

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 result

The first prototype had some wobbles to work out


But it did work


After some manufacturing touch-ups, a final product was created



And tested


And advertised