#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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