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April 11, 2016

High Speed Corn Starch Experiments

at 11:45 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks

 

We have seen lots of corn starch experiments in the past. When mixed with water it is a liquid that can be poured but if you shock it with a hard impact it will turn into a solid. There are lots of fun experiments that can be done with it but the TheBackyardScientist has recorded some great reactions with his high speed camera. The best reaction I think is the one at 2:50 where a golf ball is shot at a balloon filled with the liquid, in real time it looks like a normal explosion but in slow motion you can see that the substance breaks apart like chunks of fruit.

 


April 9, 2016

Thermite Gun

at 9:25 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

 

 
We have seen some interesting uses for thermite before but colinfurze has taken thermite fun to the next level with his Thermite Gun build. You can see it in action above and the build process below. This build isn’t for the faint of heart and is probably illegal in your area so duplicate the system at your own risk!

 


March 21, 2016

Apple Recycling Robot

at 2:54 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Apple produces a lot of electronics, unlike a pop can something like an iPhone is not the easiest thing to melt down and turn into something new. Apple wants to go green by allowing the recycling of your devices when you are done with them.

“Introduced onstage in a peppy video, “Liam” the robot — more specifically a robotic arm — was specifically developed by Apple engineers to pick apart iPhone and other gadgets, tearing the devices down into discreet modules. These parts, like an iPhone screen or logic board, can then be broken down further to recover materials for reintroduction into the global supply. ”

 


March 8, 2016

Exoskeleton Spine Brace for Scoliosis

at 5:19 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Crazy Hacks

 

We have seen Robotic Exoskeletons before, they are normally devices that make people have extra ordinary powers. Want to lift heavy items with ease? A Robotic Exoskeleton can probably help. This Exoskeleton Spine Brace for Scoliosis allows for the system to auto correct using a mechanical system. Scoliosis is a condition that causes an abnormal curve in the spine, traditional treatment is a rigid plastic brace. The brace has sensors that allows it to use force feedback to move to the correct position.

 

February 12, 2016

Glass Sculptor

at 3:24 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

 

Making things out of glass can be very fast and efficient. Have a look at this video that shows how glass bottles are produced, after watching this you will appreciate how versatile glass is as a raw material. Jack Storms does things in a much different way, rather than melting and heating his art he creates by grinding and cutting. The video below is beautiful and reminds me of the build up of processes that are often seen in a silicon wafer.

Via: Make

“It wasn’t until later in life that Jack discovered his passions in contemporary art and graduated at age 30 from Plymouth State University with a BA in Art focusing primarily on studio production.  It was during his junior year there that he happened upon what would eventually become an entryway to his legacy, the studio of a glass artist that was close to his school where he was producing a phenomenally rare style of glass art work combining lead crystal and dichroic glass using a cold-glass process.  The process itself which required weeks and weeks to produce even one completed glass sculpture was incredibly intense and physically challenging, and the number of glass artisans working in this form of fine art could be counted on one hand. ”

 


February 1, 2016

Fast Workers winding Coils

at 8:12 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking

 

There are some electronic components that you just assume are cranked out of a machine that has a hopper of raw materials on one end and finished goods coming out of the other. Check out the amazingly fast worker making coils at 1:03. I wonder how far off our robotic technology is till we can have a robot perform this job. A person can be trained to do it very fast but even just having a robot pick up and mount one of the cores from a pile on the table is a hard task.

I can see a small bit of automation going such a long way in lots of these videos. I can’t imagine having the bagel job at 1:49, I have seen a rolling machine at our local bagel shop that can just crank them out automatically. Hard to believe that with a slab of dough that big that any company would process it by hand.

I think 6:57 shows us one of the most dangerous jobs I have seen. Can a person do this job for a day without loosing a finger? Some chainmail gloves would surly be a good minimum requirement. I wonder if something like sawstop could be used in this application. If the operator had on some insulating rubber gloves over the protective chainmail I think it would be possible. Stop saw uses a one time destructive stop but I think a different mechanism could be used to disengage the motor and clamp the blade would work since the mass of the bandsaw blade if much less than the spinning blade of a table saw.

 

 

January 23, 2016

Mythbusters Imploding Tanker Car

at 9:55 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks

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Mythbusters Imploding Tanker Car

 

Hard to believe this is the last year for Mythbusters. 🙁 Check out Mythbusters Imploding a Tanker Car. Turns out the structure is very strong as can be expected. But with a small dent in the structure it squashes like a piece of ripe fruit. We can see the same type of implosion on oil drums.

 

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