Hey everyone. Today we undertake a new adventure in the previously unfamiliar realm of metal. This month of January I was taught how to use a wide range of metal tools and realized the endless realm of possibilities that can be created using metal and metal tooling techniques. Here is my first, completely metal, project.
I present to you the Magnabiner, a carabiner unlike any you have ever seen before. The Magnabiner uses magnets to attract the gate (part that opens on a caribiner) to the frame. In addition to using magnets, the frame can rotate 360 degrees. No longer are you limited to a single line of freedomas found in traditional devices; now you can open it in whatever direction is easiest. Also, to ensure the gate does not become unlocked by accident, the gate features a slide on it that springs up, prevented any unwanted movement yet it i still able to be opened using one hand. On opposite, top side, there is a wire gate to attach your caribiner to belt loop or any other loop available without having to utilize the main gate. Finally, the skeleton frame allows for a lightweight, sleek design to complete this revolutionary new device.
The best part is, you can build this for yourself and impress all who see it. I hope to show you in this project how to take an idea drawn on a piece of paper in a finished, useable product that you can make yourself.
As always, my name is Christian Reed and I am currently a sophomore at MIT with a passion for building things. Here is my blog. Hope you enjoy and do not hesitate to ask any questions you have!
THIS IS NOT A ROCK CLIMBING CARABINER SO DO NOT TRY TO.
The first step in designing almost anything (in this case a new caribiner) is sketching. Sketching consists of creating a rough idea of what you are building and designing. Sketches do not necessarily need to include dimensions but are more or less of a method for placing certain components and creating a visual representation of whatever it is your trying to create. Pictured below is my rough sketch of what I wanted the carabiner to look like. It was just a rough layout of what I wanted to make, the various components it would contain, as well as the approximate shape. This served as the foundation for all of my future designs and definitely necessary to generate the appropriate computer files for machining in the next step.