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Best way to gather things on the floor?

  1. Mar 17, 2005 #1

    I was thinking what ways can we gather small foam objects ( 3 in x 3 in ) off the floor...

    Claws? Vaccume? Claws can open and close... vacume just sucks... but is hard.
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  3. Mar 17, 2005 #2


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    How about a sweeping brush?
  4. Mar 17, 2005 #3
    that's a good idea.. but it needs to be able to catch the items in its palms as well, not just moving them.
  5. Mar 17, 2005 #4
    How about a box with a one-way door on the front? Put wheels at the corners of the box with a flaper door(like a doggie door, but yours should only open inward hinged at the top) on the front of the device. You'd be able to move in all directions and the balls would simply collect inside of the box.
  6. Mar 17, 2005 #5


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    Flypaper :smile:
  7. Mar 18, 2005 #6


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    Or a combination vacuum and air flow, a partially open air circulator.

    One has a fan that draws air (vacuum / suction side) to collect pieces, and a discharges air through a header (or headers) that gently blows the pieces toward the vacuum. Put vucuum overhead and blowing headers to the sides.
  8. Mar 20, 2005 #7
    nice idea on the one way door,

    and what exactly is an airflow effect in this case? could you ellaborate please?
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