SGW Designworks developed a collapsing miter saw stand that would enable carpenters to make precise angle cuts on the job site.
The Correct Cut system would need to be portable, capable of making precise cuts, and compatible with commercially available miter saws.
This system would also need to include several competing functional requirements, which would be challenging to achieve. These features were to include:
• Collapsibility to fit in a truck bed
• Low system weight
• Compatibility with multiple commercially available saws
• Incorporation of a high-precision measuring system and display
• Fast setup and take-don on the job site
• Durability suitable for use in construction
Correct Cut did not have an internal development team to design and engineer the system, so the company approached SGW Designworks for complete product design.
The Correct Cut system provides builders and carpenters with the speed, precision, and portability that was originally envisioned by the company founder.
One high-risk area during development was achieving low system weight and high durability. We chose sheet steel as the primary material, and our team developed specific geometry to provide stiffness where needed and low weight throughout. Folding and collapsing mechanisms were incorporated into the design, requiring engineering analysis to find the right balance between stability and weight. Multiple prototype and test cycles helped validate assumptions along the way.
We also identified and integrated a measuring sensor system suitable for the application, choosing a belt-driven encoder and developing a clever collapsing mechanism for the belt system. This provided high precision, high durability, serviceability, and collapsibility.
In 18 months, we developed concepts, prototyped them, tested them, and finalized the system (which met all target functional specifications).
President, Correct Cut