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October 6, 2013

Flying Hovercrafts

at 11:06 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

 

Do you have a boat and are looking for the next toy? I think this Flying hovercraft might be high on the list, just imagine not needing to drive your trailer down the dock to unload your craft, just drive it down the ramp. If there is some pesky land and trees in the way from one water way to the next just launch and fly over. If these sport vehicles become common I wonder what type of license process would need to be put in place? I can just imagine these things bouncing off the roofs of houses when the driver looses control. Just like the flying car it might be one of those nice ideas that never makes it into production…


September 27, 2013

Nanoscope built with Lego, Makeblock and Arduino

at 3:58 am. Filed under Insane Equipment

Nanoscope built with Lego, Makeblock and Arduino

 

This Nanoscope was built during a 5 day LEGO workshop, LEGO and Makeblock allowed for some rapid building but some custom 3D printed parts were also needed. It can sense very small structures and scan them in.

Via: Make and Wired

“The microscope they constructed is built upon a metal base, with housings built from Lego and the various component holders 3D-printed to ensure a perfect fit between  the Lego to the component. The scanning stage is inspired by research from Bristol University and is also 3D-printed. Piezo actuators, components that move when an electric field is applied (or vice versa), were the most expensive part, taking up about half of the entire microscope’s cost. When 10V is applied, the Arduino-controlled actuators move the scanning stage by just a single micron, allowing for incredible scanning resolution.”


September 19, 2013

Heavy Lifting Copters

at 11:39 pm. Filed under Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

 

Hobby King had a great plan to get people building big lifting copters. They call it the Beer Lift but water is used as a substitute although I am sure an equal weight of beer is weighting behind the scenes for enjoying after the competition. The last video isn’t a heavy lift but make sure you watch what happens at 2:20, that is some good flying!

 

 

 

 


September 16, 2013

Where will 3D Printing Take us?

at 1:40 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

 

If you look at a modern construction site these days you don’t generally see very many craftsmen carving intricate details into the buildings, what you see are pre-manufactured sections being assembled. With the revolution that is happening with 3D printing I think it is just a matter of time when many custom details are once again built onsite. Not by skilled craftsmen but by precision universal machines. I can envision a day when a large concrete printer will be assembled onsite and print the walls of your new house leaving voids where your windows and doors will go. For cold climates the same printer could be equipped with a method of printing insulating material while it is printing the structural walls. Smaller printers could print items that need more precision from plastics. Gone will be the day where new developments have 2 or 3 styles of houses one after another, the house printer can make every house unique. I look forward to seeing domes and round corners instead of the rectangular cookie cutter houses that are built today.

 

 

August 23, 2013

How Wire Braided Shielding is Made

at 6:37 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

 

You have probably seen shielded wire before, when you strip the insulation off there is often a thin metal foil or tight braided wire beneath. Watch the video above to see how the Braided Shielding is Made. Turns out it is quite the elaborate mechanical machine that is involved here!


Die Machined in a Sphere by a 5 Axis CNC Machine

at 4:19 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

 

Check out the video above of a Die Machined in a Sphere by a 5 Axis CNC Machine.

Via: HG Comments

July 31, 2013

450mph Land Speed Record Project

at 11:45 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

 

This project will get funded at $200,000. They are hoping to get it flying across the ground at 450mph! With dual 2000 horse power engines it has tons of power to get the job done. Good luck on Danny Thompson continuing what his father Mickey Thompson started.

More Details

Streamliner Facts:

  • The skin of the car is made-up entirely of 68 hand formed aluminum panels. They are connected to the subframe via simple Dzus buttons.
  • The streamliner has two engines, one on either side of the cockpit. The original 1960s setup delivered nearly 1800hp. Our new engines provide close to 4000hp.
  • The engines are dry blocks (waterless), which means all of the cooling is provided by the fuel. A single run will consume approximately 50 gallons of nitro blend fuel.
  • The car ends its runs nearly 500 pounds lighter due to fuel consumption.
  • The tires are a prototype nylon weave backed with banded steel. There is only 1/32 of an inch of rubber. Any more would spin off due to heat and expansion. They are custom made by Mickey Thompson Tires.
  • Primary stopping power is provided by dual parachutes that deploy four foot blossoms. We also have four carbon fiber disk brakes just in case.”

 

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450mph Land Speed Record Project

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