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18 Feb 2016

Impressive Homemade Technology Projects

Impressive Homemade Technology Projects

When you think of technology you generally think of the big companies with their innovative products; Apple, Rolls-Royce, Sony and Microsoft are just some examples.

However, not all technology is founded and produced by big companies, technology projects can now be created from the comfort of your own home. These homemade projects can blow even the most adept engineer away with their innovation and technical astuteness.

Below are just some of the impressive homemade technology projects that people have created in their own home.

Origami V8 Engine

When making an engine, paper is not one of the first materials to come to mind. However, for YouTuber Aliaksei Zholner it was. In Aliaksei’s video, you can see the inner workings of this amazing paper engine that runs on compressed air. Small enough to fit in your hand, featuring a piston stroke of only 6mm, it is manually powered using just a two fingers. Every part was hand-crafted, with each fold perfectly done to create the crankshaft, camshafts, connecting rods, pistons, valves and spark plugs; engineering at its best, you can check out the impressive creation in the video below:

LEGO 3D Printer

LEGO 3D PrinterPaper isn’t the only alternative material of choice for DIY technology projects; LEGO is also a fantastic medium. Built by Arthus Sace, this state of the art LEGO 3D printer that is capable of creating 3D objects by following instructions from a computer and carving a block of floral foam into the required shape. The only piece of the printer that is not made of LEGO is the small drill bit that is used for grinding the foam.

Graflex Saber 2.0

With the release of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a great many were inspired to create their own lightsabers. Take YouTuber Martin Beyer for example, Martin’s second prototype of the Graflex Saber is one of the most impressive homemade lightsabers so far. You can see the impressive creation below:The Graflex Saber consists of a crystal-chamber, soundboard, batteries, vintage Graflex Flash Gun, 2W speaker and a main LED.

It is technical creations like the ones above, which show that you don’t need an expensive laboratory to create impressive creations, all you need is imagination and the technical know how and anything is possible.

It is also people like Martin Beyer, for example, who will inspire the next generation of engineers. Fans of the Star Wars franchise will see his video and use it as inspiration to create their own lightsabers, they may even develop new technological methods and techniques that can be used elsewhere.

These impressive homemade technology projects should be celebrated and used to encourage up-and-coming engineers to discover and grow their talents that might one day shape the future of the industry. 

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