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June 28, 2013

Becks Beer Bottle with an Audio Recording Scratched on it

at 10:20 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

 Becks Beer Bottle with an Audio Recording Scratched on it_4


Beer is great and refreshing but I always thought the only thing you could do with the them after the been was consumed was recycle them. Guess what, the guys over at GYRO have made a recording system so they can scratch a recording into the outside of the bottle and then play it back with a player. The device is based on an Edison Cylinder but uses modern parts such as hard drive servo arms to get things done.

“We ground a high-speed steel cutting tool which we polished to mirror finish resulting in a very quiet cut, all this taking place under a microscope!
We also have a couple of sapphire tips which we used for some test cuts but we found the steel one are quieter but with a much shorter life, in fact any contaminants in the coating would take a microscopic chunk out of the tip effectively destroying it!

Heating the tip by winding hair-thin NiChrome wire and passing a current through it resulted in a smoother cut, requiring less downforce and reduced surface noise as it helps it glide through the surface without tearing the substrate.”



The Beck’s Edison Bottle from Shine Limited on Vimeo.


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10 Responses to “Becks Beer Bottle with an Audio Recording Scratched on it”

  1. George Johnson Says:

    At first, you kinda wonder “why?”. But if you think about it, it’s a pretty good project of problem solving. Because I can see a number of issues they had to overcome to get something out of this. It soon becomes not “why” but “can it even BE done?”….
    Useless, but interesting.

  2. Polytech Says:

    By far the most unusual application of a benchtop micro lathe I’ve ever seen! And yeah, why not? Worked for Edison back then!

  3. Per Jensen Says:

    Well, where is the sound test ? Why create a project if you aren’t able to hear the result… sigh…

  4. Andrew Turney Says:

    Hi there. We at Gyro built the cutter and player sound files at link below. Plus the music on the video is from the bottle. The actual track is copywrite protected, so I am not able to post it. Thanks for your interest.

  5. Dr. Glue Says:

    Why Becks?


    I was thinking that they ruined a good Harbor Freight Mini Lathe, but after taking a second look it probably was a micro. Still it is a shame. They might have solved world hunger or built a functioning human heart with it.

  7. Andrew Turney Says:

    And what’s your day job?


    HE,he,he I own a small machine shop.

  9. Polytech Says:

    They didn’t ruin a micro lathe, they just didn’t assemble it all the way. Anyhow, what’s wrong with re-purposing a tool every now and again?

  10. bob Says:

    becks is no beer

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