#2 – Can Crusher Fail– Project Episode

Listen below as John recounts this righteous can crusher fail.

Watch the video here:

CHRONOLOGICAL NOTES
Watch the can crusher video first: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl169rfFPL8
“The World’s Most Terrible Can Crusher” [1:02] Mountain Dew is the fuel of gamers and nerds. What to do with the cans? [1:16] http://www.mountaindew.com/
Can crusher design concepts [3:50] How John Vann got the idea [8:20] Microwave transformer welder [9:00] http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Microwave-Transformer-Homemade-Welder/
Cat gives his opinion on homemade welder safety [10:12] John connects the motor to 120V wall current on a guess [14:40] What a microwave platter motor looks like: https://sc01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1XK7_KpXXXXaDaXXXq6xXFXXX2/TYJ50-8A7-Microwave-Turntable-Turn-Table-Motor-Synchronous-Motor-TYJ508A7-for-Kenwood-Belling-Panasonic.jpg
The Futile Can Crusher gets named [17:46] Planned obsolescence [19:35] John describes his process of figuring out how the motor works and the mechanics of the crusher’s design [20:42] Side note: Cornell library of motion translation [22:20] Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (KMODDL): (3 links for bad nav) http://kmoddl.library.cornell.edu/index.php
Reuleaux Collection of motion translation devices: http://kmoddl.library.cornell.edu/model.php?m=reuleaux
eBooks on kinematics: http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/k/kmoddl/
Finishing and first use with a Pepsi can [31:20] Results and reactions [34:05] Microwave platter motor limitations [36:18] Why the motor starts in a random direction and will reverse under too much torque: https://engineering.stackexchange.com/questions/2265/why-does-the-microwave-plate-start-in-a-random-direction
Asimov’s Rules [38:16] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics
Video success and why it resonated [40:00] Reddit r/shittyrobots [42:42] https://www.reddit.com/r/shittyrobots/
The Futile Can Crusher’s legacy [43:15] The can epidemic today [45:22]

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Watch the can crusher video first: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl169rfFPL8
Microwave transformer welder [9:00] http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Microwave-Transformer-Homemade-Welder/
John connects the motor to 120V wall current on a guess [14:40] What a microwave platter motor looks like: https://sc01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1XK7_KpXXXXaDaXXXq6xXFXXX2/TYJ50-8A7-Microwave-Turntable-Turn-Table-Motor-Synchronous-Motor-TYJ508A7-for-Kenwood-Belling-Panasonic.jpg
Side note: Cornell library of motion translation [22:20] Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (KMODDL): http://kmoddl.library.cornell.edu/index.php
Reuleaux Collection of motion translation devices: http://kmoddl.library.cornell.edu/model.php?m=reuleaux
Other eBooks on kinematics: http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/k/kmoddl/
Microwave platter motor limitations [36:18] Why the motor starts in a random direction and will reverse under too much torque: https://engineering.stackexchange.com/questions/2265/why-does-the-microwave-plate-start-in-a-random-direction

CONVERSATION NOTES
“The World’s Most Terrible Can Crusher” [1:02] Mountain Dew is the fuel of gamers and nerds. What to do with the cans? [1:16] http://www.mountaindew.com/
Can crusher design concepts [3:50] How John Vann got the idea [8:20] Microwave transformer welder [9:00] Cat gives his opinion on homemade welder safety [10:12] John connects the motor to 120V wall current on a guess [14:40] The Futile Can Crusher gets named [17:46] Planned obsolescence [19:35] John describes his process of figuring out how the motor will work and the mechanics of the crusher’s design [20:42] Finishing and first use with a Pepsi can [31:20] Results and reactions [34:05] Microwave platter motor limitations [36:18] Asimov’s Rules [38:16] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics
Video success and why it resonated [40:00] Reddit r/shittyrobots [42:42] https://www.reddit.com/r/shittyrobots/
The Futile Can Crusher’s legacy [43:15] The aluminum can epidemic today [45:22]


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