Chromebook Charging Cart

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Project by Mstateguy posted 12-20-2018 05:22 PM 697 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our most recent class projects have been these Chromebook carts for teachers in the county. I was asked by a teacher last year if we could build something to store and charge her 32 classchromebooks in and through trial and error we came up with one. This year we got numerous requests from teachers wanting one so we modified our design and it is 80% cut on our CNC router. It’s pretty much RTA with filleted mortises and tenons for the sides to fit into the top and bottom, and the shelves dado’d into the sides. Two banks of 16 slots divided by 1/8” Temp board with a charger shelf above each bank. The cord separator in the front of the charging shelf is something I designed after looking at various metal cabinets online and in other classrooms. Our previous version used Velcro to organize the cords and was not very professional looking. The chrome book shelves are closed in one the back to deter theft while the charging shelves are accessed by a flip down door on piano hinges held upright by mag catches. Each shelf door has a 12 outlet surge protector and 6 outlet power strip mounted to it to allow for the 16 chargers on each. The top shelf cord is routed through a 2” grommet down the exterior through a second grommet into the bottom shelf where both it and the bottom cord is connected to a 15’ 3 outlet power cord. That cord is then routed back out the lower grommet and stored around 4” boat/rope cleats until plugged in. The door consists of hidden hinges and a lock cylinder for security all on 3” casters with black lacquer finish

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#1 posted 12-21-2018 11:52 AM

CNC – - it is not even the future anymore and yet hard to accept. And CNC is almost old school now. Must be how the masters felt when the electric motor and circular saw was introduced. Nice units… They did turn out lovely. BTW – I am an old Machinist and have been around since just before CNC and it was Tape machines.

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#2 posted 12-21-2018 02:44 PM

@dannmarks What would you say is replacing CNC technology to consider it old school? I teach at a high school level Career Technical Center and it is my goal to expose students to manufacturing technology that they will see when they enter the workforce….unfortunately I am at the disadvantage of being in the classroom…not in industry where technology is advancing for me to see. I’m aware of optimized equipment for calculating best cutting solutions such as TigerStop and a few others but those are WAY out of budget for a public education program. I’d be interested to know of other things I have overlooked!

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#3 posted 12-21-2018 09:33 PM

You Miss understood my Comment. CNC has been around now for 30 plus years. That makes it old school. I was making fun of myself in that I was being judgemental for using CNC rather than more manual methods like I would use at home. As to your question – because it is still relevant; 3D Printing is the wave of the future for sure. They are 3D Printing homes now for goodness sakes. I am so impressed that you asked such a great question and that you were humble enough to ask so thoughtfully. I took Wood Working in College and had the best teachers ever. Some were older, some were younger as I was about 25 when I started taking those classes. I took Classes at Western Michigan University in about 1980. I am just tickled that you are inspiring young minds to do things with their hands. I took programing classes for CNC work back when you had to do the trig manually to program your next move. It was not what I wanted to do for a living though – that was for sure. I love School and I admire you for being a teacher. I was one that enjoyed learning from wonderful people like your self. I am an Engineer BTW and I still learn new things many times a day…

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