Articles by Cameron Carson

Articles by Cameron Carson

Cameron Carson is Vice President of Engineering at Hawk Ridge Systems and is a veteran in his field – both in technology and history. He started Hawk Ridge Systems' 3D printing practice in 2010 and follows the trends and impact.
Crank It Up: Creating Custom Drill Bit With Markforged Technology

Crank It Up: Creating Custom Drill Bit With Markforged Technology

Anyone who has ever had a pop-up camper knows how tedious it can be to raise and lower the roof.

For those that haven’t had the pleasure of completing this arduous task, there is a receptacle on the side of the camper that you plug the hand crank into and get to cranking like a kid spinning an ice cream maker – except instead of a frozen treat, the result is more standing room for your weekend.

Figuring that someone would’ve already thought of a way to complete this with a hand drill, I scoured the internet for a drill bit that would do the trick, but found nothing. Upon inspection of the hand-tool geometry and how it fit in the receiver, I discovered that the receptacle that the hand crank plugs into is a non-standard 7/8" square – easy enough, right?

April 2, 2019