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Controlling an Excavator with LEGO

Controlling an Excavator with LEGO

The LEGO Technic Control+ app lets you remotely control motors and other components using your phone. To prove its muscle, LEGO and Sariel’s Workshop teamed up to see if they could use it to control a real Liebherr 9800 excavator using only the parts from the Technic version. Behind-the-scenes video here.

Moving a Bus Terminal

Moving a Bus Terminal

We’re always fascinated by construction projects where they move buildings rather than tear them down and rebuild them. Recently workers in Xiamen, China took a massive 30,000-ton bus station, and successfully rotated it 90 degrees to its new home to make way for new high-speed railway station.

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Top-down Demolition

Top-down Demolition

In order to safely tear down the defunct Mülheim-Kärlich nuclear power plant, demolition crews installed a remote-controlled excavator machine at its top, which gradually nibbled away until its height was lowered from 531 feet to half its height. The remaining structure was brought down by breaking its supports.

Moving a Brick Wall

Moving a Brick Wall

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Grand Theater is undergoing a massive renovation. As part of the build, they’re expanding the stage house while retaining building’s original 1931 back wall. Watch as workers from C.D. Smith Construction pull off this feat, moving the entire back wall 35 feet along a set of tracks.

World’s Largest Golf Putter

World’s Largest Golf Putter

Do you have trouble connecting with the ball? Well thanks to Ping Golf and John Deere, that won’t be a problem on the putting green, thanks to this 61.5″ long, 325 lb. aluminum putter head they fabricated. It’ll be on display at the 2019 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill, where fans can even give it a try. Action video here.

LEGO Demolition Machine

LEGO Demolition Machine

Tearing down LEGO buildings usually requires plucking bricks off by hand. But Shadow Elenter’s approach is way cooler. He built a crane to do his demolition, using LEGO Technic parts and 18 motors. It can lift items, knock them down, and claw or break them apart.

K’Nex Amusement Park

K’Nex Amusement Park

Dr. Richard L. Behrendt loves to build things using K’Nex construction toys. Check out his collection of eight amusement park rides, including roller coasters, a ferris wheel, swing ride, carousel, and other thrilling miniature attractions. The park also lights up at night.

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

At first glance, we thought we were watching another video by Primitive Technology, but this hobbit-style hut was constructed by competing YouTube channel Primitive Survival Tool, using found wood, straw, mud, and grass on its triple-arched roof. Bonus points for the ASMR.

Meccano Roller Coaster POV Ride

Meccano Roller Coaster POV Ride

Let’s go through the shrinker ray, and take a twisty, turny, disorienting ride on an awesome model roller coaster built by John and Michael Molden using Meccano metal construction toys. The spinning coaster cars were inspired by Reverchon’s real-life rides. Build video here.

Operating an Abandoned Crane

Operating an Abandoned Crane

(PG-13: Language) Renegade explorer shiey and his pals snuck their way into an abandoned factory somewhere in Eastern Europe, where they came across a big old industrial overhead crane. To their surprise, the machine wasn’t just connected to power, but it still works.

PIXIO Magnetic Construction Blocks

PIXIO Magnetic Construction Blocks

Small, plastic building blocks with magnets built inside of them, allowing for quick-snap construction of your own 3D voxel art creations. A companion app will provide ideas for pre-made designs too. Bricks will come in 16 vibrant colors to start.

3D Printed House

3D Printed House

Apis Cor has developed a giant 3D printer which can be brought to a construction site, and can output the structural components of a 100 square meter (~1076 sq. ft.) dwelling in about 24 hours, and for only about $10,000. Learn more about the process here.

The Concrete Zamboni

The Concrete Zamboni

It might be officially called a Wacker Neuson Hydrostatic Trowel, but these ride-on machines are like a zamboni for concrete, smoothing and finishing the building material, thanks to water jets and fan blades which spin just above the surface. (Thanks Kathy!)

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Extreme Sandbox

Extreme Sandbox

Forget simulators. Located in Pottsboro, TX and Hastings, MN, Extreme Sandbox will teach you how to operate heavy equipment – a bulldozer, a wheel loader, an excavator, or a fire truck – and have fun with them through various challenges.

Brick Dominoes

Brick Dominoes

A wonderfully satisfying video in which a set of bricks were carefully placed, then knocked over like dominoes. But be sure to stick around until the last brick falls for an unexpected turn of events. Here’s a graphical explanation of what happened.

100 Excavator Demolition

100 Excavator Demolition

To remove an aging overpass in Nanchang China, a veritable army of Hyundai excavation machines lined up and worked to rapidly demolish the old structure – removing the entire bridge in about 2 days, and reopening to traffic in 56 hours. (Thanks Hubert!)

Swimming Pool Time-lapse

Swimming Pool Time-lapse

An awesome time-lapse video of the installation of the swimming pool that was installed in Omaha, NE for the U.S. Olympic Trials back in 2012. This isn’t what we usually think of when somebody mentions an “above-ground pool.”

The Birth of a Wooden House

The Birth of a Wooden House

After showing the craftsmanship that goes into handmade tools, John Neeman Tools built an entire home from hand-felled trees, locally sourced stones, and mostly using hand tools. The frame and roof were made with wood joints and pegs, with no nails, screws or hardware.

Lawn Chair Stop-Motion

Lawn Chair Stop-Motion

We can’t fathom the amount of work it took Frank Howarth to shoot this stop-motion video of a lawn chair crafting itself without a single carpenter. If it looks familiar, that’s because Frank’s bookcase and table saw posses the same magical properties. (Thanks Victor!)

Bridge-Building Machine

Bridge-Building Machine

If you ever wondered how they add sections to a bridge these days, check out this incredible time-lapse of an industrial bridge-building machine that can cantilever itself out between pillars, and then slide pre-fab sections into place as it crawls forward.

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Concrete Witchcraft

Concrete Witchcraft

A mesmerizing demonstration of Lafarge Tarmac’s Topmix permeable concrete as 4000 liters of water are dumped onto it, and it seems to just vanish. Here’s hoping there’s not a basement parking level under this spot. That would suck.

London Underground by Drone

London Underground by Drone

Truly mesmerizing time-lapse footage captured on foot and via a drone flying through London’s Crossrail project, in which a crew of over 10,000 excavated 26 miles of underground railway tunnels beneath London, England.

World’s Fastest Backhoe

World’s Fastest Backhoe

Unless you need to move quickly between construction sites, we can see no practical reason to build a backhoe that can drive 73mph. But that didn’t stop JCB from proving it could be done, with pro driver Matthew Lucas at its controls.

Excavator Nut Stacking

Excavator Nut Stacking

Petri Perämäki demonstrates his precision at running an excavator, as he gently stacks a tower of individual nuts with heavy construction equipment. And if you had any suspicion that they’re magnetic, stick around ’til the end.

Remote-Controlled Bulldozer

Remote-Controlled Bulldozer

We recently got up close with Caterpillar’s humongous, 900+ horsepower D11T bulldozer, which can be equipped with a remote control for moving earth in locations too dangerous for human operators. BattleBots 2.0, anyone?

Forklift Lifts Forklift

Forklift Lifts Forklift

A pair of forklift drivers pull a stupidly dangerous, but nonetheless impressive maneuver – with one giving the other one a lift into the back of a truck to help it move its load inside. Apparently this isn’t that uncommon.

Excavator in a China Shop

Excavator in a China Shop

For the latest in their Built for It construction equipment demo series, CAT shows how their 301.7 CR Mini Excavator has enough precision to move through a shop filled with over $40K worth of delicate glassware – without breaking a thing.

Rebuilding the Bay Bridge

Rebuilding the Bay Bridge

Since 2008, EarthCam has captured over 2 million images of the construction of the new Eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Watch as it goes from nothing to a fully-assembled roadway in four minutes.

Handtrux Sand Shovels

Handtrux Sand Shovels

Build the most epic sandcastle on the beach with the help of these construction equipment inspired grips that can make short work of digging out even the stickiest of sand.

Friction Welding

Friction Welding

When you think of welding metal, it usually involves a torch or a high voltage arc – but in this amazing demo, we get to see that simply rubbing two objects together fast enough can fuse them.

Craneception

Craneception

Sit back and witness the unusual feat of crane lifting a crane lifting a crane lifting a crane lifting a model of a crane. As one YouTuber put it “German porn just keeps getting weirder.” (Thanks Timo!)

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