Augie (little Hand Drill)

About: I’m a designer and educator based in Ithaca, NY who is interested in the intersection of technology, the environment, and society. Previously I taught design-thinking at Rochester Institute of Technology. If...

I designed these little augies because I needed light and portable drills for toy-making workshops. Kids use these to create the holes for attaching mounted motors (see ) to projects. 

Corks (for "caps")
Boiled water in mug

Electric or stove top kettle

Melt thermoplastic in water for 3 minutes. Pull out the plastic with a spoon. Quickly poke the screw through the thermoplastic then "mush" the plastic onto the top of a screw and shape the handle. If the plastic hardens before you find the handle shape you like, just plop the entire augie in the boiled water for another 3 minutes and reshape.



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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I bought mine at Radio Shack under the name "U Mold Plastic" (10.58 oz or 300g.) for about US $11.00.I think the item # is 2770161.Try it online if you don't have a store close to you.Good luck! :)