When The Brick Wall’s mom requested that he pick some fresh fruits and veggies from their backyard, he set about it the only way a LEGO fanatic knows how – by building a Technic machine to do the work for him. The harvester can pluck, pick, and cut stalks.
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If you thought The Citadel was complex, check out builder Samuel Hunt’s insanely complex K’NEX ball machine. It’s made from over 50,000 pieces, has 6 networks, 33 paths, and 13 lifts. It took him nearly 2 years to construct and film all of its paths and mechanisms.
3DSage got their hands on this nifty mechanical device from Japan – it’s a hand-operated gadget which follows the outlines of a stack of disks to move its arm, which in turn draws a corresponding image. A web-based conversion tool is used to design disk templates.
A look at the Rudolf Grauer BK-1500 – a machine designed to crank out up to 1500 paper clips per minute in a variety of shapes by bending stiff strands of wire. The voiceover is in German, but that just makes the engineering seem even more serious and impressive.
We always assumed that LEGO constructions were fairly delicate, and certainly not capable of lifting more weight than we can. But the Brick Experiment Channel shows off a contraption they built that can lift 102.2 kg, or about 224.8 lb, using only LEGO Technic parts and string.
JohnnyQ90 shows off a sweet miniature gas-powered stirling engine. It’s powerful enough to spin a propellor to nearly 2,000 RPM, so keep your fingers away. While Johnny made the turbine fan, he’s quick to point out that you can buy the engine itself from Banggood.
A zoetrope machine that plays 3D-printed animations by spinning them on a disc in front of an array of LED strobe lights. The machine will offer interchangeable animation plates you can print like the fish-eating-fish and jumping frogs shown here. Coming to Kickstarter.
Does machine automation give you a thrill? Then tune in now for 10 minutes of robot porn, recorded by HD1080ide at Hannover Messe 2017, where robots poured beer, wielded lightsabers, lifted cars, played air hockey, and secretly conspired to take over the world.
This cable-driven machine holds a pen in its grip and can not only draw intricate and detailed lettering, but can emulate the imperfections of handwriting. It can create calligraphy and draw images as well. Contact ZarPlotter if you’re interested in purchasing one.
Natural Nerd shows how to build a countertop machine which can dispense multiple beverages. It uses aquarium pumps to move liquids into your cup. It’s best for tea, juice, and other non-carbonated drinks. Full materials list and build details available on Instructables.