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Bring a coffee can of screws to a store; pay to leave with the same stuff in bags.
At the front of a grocery store in the US, you might find
a machine that offers to count your loose change,
producing a receipt to bring to the cashier to get larger
bills for your coins minus a percentage fee.
Using a similar concept, proposed is a machine that
allows a user to dump in a
jar full of miscellaneous
nails and screws that they've accumulated in their
garage, sorting them into labelled bags designating
what they are. This would be accomplished by a fairly
sophisticated 3D laser scanner that matches each piece
to a known type of fastener. With each new unique
fastener, a bag would be printed with a label. Once all
the pieces have been sorted, the user would be
presented with a total to pay (based on weight or
quantity), and after paying they would receive their
own hardware--now in a more usable form.
Ramrod Tool Sorter
A similar machine that sorts tools. In the oven, but the oven's power might have failed. [notexactly, Dec 30 2016]
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||[+] and decorroded/cleaned... bent nails optionally straightened. Did I mention [+]
||I have wanted to build one of these for a while.
Strangely, I never thought to post it here.
||Also available: an add-on to X-ray each nut and bolt looking
for signs of internal cracking.
||What a wonderful mad idea (+)
||Great idea. Now get to work on the junk drawer sorter.
||The problem with a junk drawer sorter is in the end all the neatly labeled pieces of junk are going right back in.
||A more useful version of this would be a Community Hardware Sorter. You turn up, and dump all your crap into the hopper, which sorts it into bins and spits out anything unidentifiable. The machine will then vend the hardware of your choice, from the available repertoire already deposited, to a comparable value.
||//The problem with a junk drawer sorter is in the end all the neatly labeled pieces of junk are going right back in.//
||Then we need a machine which takes a pile of drawers of pre-sorted junk and 3D-prints a suitable warehouse to keep them in.