Brian Sanders's marble machine
Brian Sanders writes:
This is my marble machine I built based on the plans I purchased from you. I took more of a cabinet making approach to it, using different hardwoods, brass & aluminum throughout and redesigning certain elements such as the tuna can drums, etc. I used some small ball bearings I had lying around for the gears and crank to run on also. I wanted it to be sort of a functional “art piece”. So I thought you might enjoy seeing it (feel free to use it on your sight if you wish). I have a video on YouTube showing it in action http://youtu.be/_dpRI2snahA
I really enjoy your sight and talent and find myself quite envious of the fact you are able to do what you love for a living. Keep up the fine work and I look forward to every new project you publish.
Wow, that machine is incredibly nicely built!
Looking closely at Brian's pictures (click any image to enlarge), I noticed that many elements I made from layers, such as various ramps were made from one piece. I noticed a CNC video among brian's videos and asked if he'd used his CNC.
Yes I used my CNC for most everything on it including the flipflop gate. I used a CAD gear program to layout and cut real involute gears on the CNC also.
I figured if I was going to make something useless I might as well waste as much time as possible. LOL
That’s probably how old Rube Goldberg seen it too! I've attached a couple more pictures.
Another video by Brian: making styrofoam gears on his CNC styrofoam cutter. And if you are asking how that could possibly be useful, you are probably missing the point :)