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DIY Circular Saw

Seriously, this is basically the worst thing you could ever try and make.  If you have nothing to do and want to waste some perfectly good hot-glue, then be my guest, make this aluminum can/sheet metal “saw”.  Come on, did you see the outcome of the cut he did?  That wasn’t even close to straight.  I could probably break the piece of wood better, ok, maybe not, but my point stands.  This is a complete waste of time.  Do not try it at home.  Ever.  I will think much less of you if you did.

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Bridge Demo

Normally, something like this would be delegated to a Stumbles post, but I felt that this warranted it’s own post for a few reasons.  Mainly it’s just cool to watch, but also because there’s an actual story I can say about it, as opposed to just random videos found online.  This overpass in England was constructed in 1959 and demolished in 2012.  It took all of 15 hours from when the roadway was closed, to when the road opened again the following day.  That’s impressive work, but with all the heavy machinery present, I bet it cost wuite a lot of money.

If you want to watch a 5 minute slower version of it, here’s the official Youtube video of the event.  At first it looked like they were removing parts of the roadway, but they were just placing heavy steel plates on top of it so as not to damage the road.  That’s smart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MAJxtSepMs&feature=youtu.be

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3-D Printed Home

3D printed room

It’s coming.  At least in The Philippines anyway.  The Lewis Grand Hotel in Angeles City Pampagna has constructed a 1500 square foot 2 bedroom villa as an addition to their hotel.  Lewis Yakich, thw owner, is a material science engineer, and has spent many hours coming up with the processes necessary for this first of its kind endeavor.  The entire printing process took 100 hours, but was not continuous as you would expect from a typical 3-D printing process.  This is partly because plumbing and electrical components needed to be installed, but also because they were ever changing the and upgrading the machine as time went on.

Construction of the machine itself took 2 months, but now that all the kinks are worked out, he thinks it will only take a few weeks.  He even hopes to use his technology to 3-D print 2,000 rooms within 2 years.  With the efficiency of the technology getting better with each subsequent use, this is something that is not completely out of the question, but it is a lofty goal.

Check out the video of the machine in action:

I do think this is a cool process.  I like the idea, I think it could be improved upon though.  The rippled walls I’m not a fan of, but those can be stuccoed over, or sheet rocked, or something.  I think this entire process could be very useful for creating fallout shelters.  And radiation proof holdings.  You could fill them with water and make filters for some secret time-travel device.  If this technology progresses, I could see it being in use in a certain bunker that may or may not end up existing underneath some land that I may or may not end up owning in a state in the US in the future.  Hypothetically of course.

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Working on the Railroad

This really is pretty cool to watch, it’s mesmerizing. It’s amazing really how something like this was engineered. It’s a work of art to be sure. (Note, when I first watched this video, the color was fine, watching it now, it doesn’t look like the color is working, hopefully that’s fixed).
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2×4 Marble Coaster

Instructable user seamster has created a pretty neat marble run from a single 8 foot 2×4.

The whole thing is 22 steps long, but it’s very well documented, and worth it.  I think it’s superb, the 2×4 is a staple of modern wooden construction.  The cost almost nothing, and with really only a bandsaw and a table saw you can make this entire project.  It’s a perfect thing to get kids interested in engineering.  Especially the part where adding all the cross braces greatly increased the rigidity of the contraption.  Plus, marble runs are just plain fun.

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CAT JENGA

I may be a year behind the times, but you still gotta admit, this is a pretty cool video.  It also looks super dangerous, but remember, all the best things have an element of danger to them.  One of the advantages to being a year behind is that we can now watch the entire Built For It Trials ad campaign.  This makes it worth it in itself.

 

Here’s a them making a Sand Castle:

The other 3 videos in the series, Lantern Festival, Bull in a China Shop, and Gravity are not nearly as exciting, at least from a lay-person’s perspective.  You can watch the entire series on this playlist.

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Dam Deconstruction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD4QHkN57FM

Ever wonder how dams are deconstructed?  Well, it just so happens that a few years ago the  The Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River in Oregon underwent just such an undertaking.

Apparently, the 100+ year old dam was not longer needed on the river.  The clean electricity it provided was no longer needed because of countless other power plants build over the years.  So over some time, they built a coffer dam, diverted the water, took down half the dam, moved the coffer dam, and took down the other half.  Now the river runs free all the way to the Pacific, just like the crazy tree huggers would want.

It is a cool video though, but that’s a relatively small dam to take down.  How would they take down something like The Hoover Dam?

With explosives.

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Wooden Nest Bridge

nest bridge -1

There are all sorts of levels of insane associated with this bridge.

At first glance it just doesn’t look real.  Like a render, or a cartoon, just something that doesn’t exist in real life.  But it does. It’s an overpass in the town of Sneek in The Netherlands.

Apparently it’s the first wooden bridge in the world that can support the loads it does.

nest bridge 2

nest bridge 3

Oh, and in case you didn’t think it was really made of wood, and that was all just a veneer, here’s a cross section:

nest cross section

I gotta say, that is one of the most amazing looking bridges I’ve ever seen.  And I used to be a civil engineer, this was almost my job.

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Time Lapse Train Tracks

Church and 30th St. San Francisco MUNI Construction from Ken Murphy on Vimeo.

I always wondered how they got those tracks into the street like that.  It seems very complicated and indepth.  But it only took 3 1/2 days according to the description, at a cost of $1 million.  I’m not sure what was wrong with the old ones, of it it was just time to replace them or the city had stimulus money that they needed to spend on something.  But it’s an interesting watch.  I watched all 12 minutes of it, you don’t have to, after the first few minutes, it pretty much is just a repeat of everything else.  I would say watch the end when their pout the concrete, that’s pretty cool, cause I was wondering how they were gonna do that.  Well, I hopped for black top, but they went with concrete, but whatever, still interesting.

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LEGO House

Confession. I have wanted to make a house completely out of LEGOs since forever.  The long lines of solid color, the box shape, all of it is cool.  James May, of Mike and Chris’ favorite show, Top Gear beat me to it, and that makes me sad.  But,  I can still bask in the glory of how he made it.

Personally, I would have put alittle more character into the outside of the house, but that would probably would have inflated the bricks usage from 3.3 million, to like 3.3billion.  But whatever, if you have enough money and time to make it, you might as well make is awesome!

The weird part is that he furnished the inside complete with LEGOs too.  Why?  It doesn’t take a genious to know that LEGOs aren’t comfortable, why would you make a bed, or a couch out of them?  Also, his house isn’t water proof.  Did the people who made this even think?  LEGOs aren’t made of rubber, they won’t stop water, why would someone think that?  I’m begining to loose some respect for their efforts.

That window makes up for some of it.  I think it looks cool.  I wonder just how much light is coming through it though, and how much is artificial form the photographer.  Whatever, I’ll pretend it’s all natural, so you get an extra point I guess.

Apparently there is no one to take this house though.  The property they built it on want’s it’s land back, and LEGO Land isn’t taking it, mostly cause it’s impossible to move, which in turn is meaning no one is gonna take it.

It looks like little to no thought regarding the long term went into this project, which is sad, because something of this magnitude should be saved.  If I lived in England, and had a few million dollars spare, I would have it moved to somewhere.  Oh well.

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