Unfortunately, my patent expired while I was waiting for somebody to take an
interest in it. I couldn't sell water in the desert. Oh well, at least I tried.
Simply put, the AutoAngler is a series of cast blocks combined with a set of
modified tape measures. Standard measuring systems measure only length, however,
the AutoAngler measures shapes. Two blocks are mounted to the flat surface
being measured at a set distance. Knowing this distance is important as the
shape cannot be accurately duplicated without it. Each of the two tapes in the
AutoAngler system has been modified with a pivot replacing the catch at the end
of the tape. This pivot fits into the magnetic hole in the edges of each of the
marking blocks affixed to the surface.
Slider blocks slide along each tape. The slider block on each tape is pulled
along the tape, pulling more tape from the retractible housing as needed, until
the marking pointer touches the point being measured. At this point, the
slider block, then the quick catch is locked to hold the block at that distance
from the pivot. Once both slider blocks have been locked into place, the pivots
are removed from the first set of marking blocks and inserted into matching
marking blocks on the work surface. These marking blocks must be the same
distance apart as the original set and the tapes must remain on the side from
which the measurement was taken. The left and right measurements must not be
Once inserted into the magnetic catches of these marking blocks, the pens in
the slider blocks are used to draw arcs. These two arcs should intersect only
once on the flat surface, and that will be your point. Mark this and go on to
the next point until all the points are drawn in. When all the points are drawn
in, connect the dots. Remember: the edges of the marking blocks are also points
in the finished panel.
Changes have been made to this design, well within the limits of the Patent,
in the continuous development of the AutoAngler. Recently, a digital
tape replaced the older model and the slider block was attached to the bottom
of this tape. This tape body now acts as the slider block. The attachment to
the bottom of the tape body contains a series of magnetic sleves for attaching
pointers and pen blocks. This allows the AutoAngler to be easily
modified for places where the tape body is too large to fit into a corner.
Sketches of the blocks are now being updated for posting on this page.
Click here for the current sketches.
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