James Hussey runs a company that builds automated manufacturing machines and several years ago he had realised that traditional parts feeding was often prohibitively expensive for many small projects. He set about designing a solution that would be ideal for bringing the cost of automation down for startups and small businesses.
James has been using his UP! Box and UP! Plus 2 printers for three years now and to develop and finally manufacture these low-cost feeders.
Almost all the parts are printed – typically only the motor, screws and a few pieces of off the shelf hardware are required in addition to the printed parts.
The larger bowl feeder that he developed uses about 600g of ABS and $20 of hardware to build – a saving of several orders of magnitude over traditional feeders!