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  1. I believe the big pink heart gears are a scaled up version of this, and like their smaller brethren do turn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQqVajeg2Vo

    -JRS

  2. Erbo says:

    It’s possible the donuts the guy bought were for the office, so that his happy coworkers could gorge themselves on tasty, tasty fried-dough sugar bombs while he gnawed on his Atkins bars.

  3. Lee Hart says:

    On the Harvard MoBee… I don’t quite know what to make of this. On one level, it’s very clever and imaginative. On another, it is an amazingly complicated, expensive, brute-force way to do something that should be very simple.

    What a pop-up book does with paper and glue, they are doing with dozens of exotic materials and processing techniques.

    Why couldn’t essentially the same thing be done with ordinary PCB laminates, and sent to any of the many PCB houses to be etched and routed? Press it the right way, and the various sub-boards pop up and fold. Reflow solder the places you want rigid, and leave copper foil hinges on the ones you want to flex. Heck, you could even have entire circuits on these same boards!

    Look at some of the incredible mechanical automatons built hundreds of years ago. They were works of art; a combination of ingenious design and meticulous craftsmanship. They were amazing! So, if some modern CAD shop scans it and programs a milling machine to crank out a copy, is this also amazing? No; it’s still a copy. Just clerical work.

    Projects like this strike me like someone making a model of the Eiffel tower out of toothpicks; but he used a robot and software to assemble it for him. What does that say about him? What did he actually create?

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