New year, new possibilities!
If you haven’t started to get your land speed car or motorcycle ready for the August-September racing season, you are running late!
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--- Throwback Thursday and Mother's Day combo ---
OK, I admit it, I had too much fun 3D printing Sunday to create a Mother's Day post, so I am hitting two birds with the same stone by combining it with a #TBT post.
This news article from 1969 says "Couple from Helsingborg has a unique business: She is Sweden's Miss Motorcycle". It tells how my parents Lena and Sven were starting up a motorcycle dealership and building championship road racing motorcycles in their spare time. My mom was my dad's mechanic, something her parents weren't particularly fond of, but I think is really cool! She was definitely a pioneer in doing what you want, not what society think is "right" for a girl. I guess there is no secret where I got that attitude from... ;-)
My mom is also a mechanical engineer, although she will claim that her degree has "reached the statue of limitation" and doesn't count anymore. While she hasn't been professionally employed as an engineer since my oldest brother was born, her large interest in crafts is clearly influenced by her background in engineering. For example, she has a huge collection of weaving looms, and the more complicated the better!
Many people seem to think that engineering and art are complete opposites. I claim that engineering is just arts and crafts for adults. There is no difference in building a doll house or a race car, you just use more expensive tools and stronger materials for the race car. The process is still the same: you have an idea in your mind, and with your own hands your make it reality. And to be frank, I think I spent more hours building stables for my little plastic horses than I spent building the KillaJoule... ;-)
So, to all moms (and dads) out there, make sure your kids never stop doing arts and crafts, just make sure to upgrade to better tools and better materials as they grow older, and - voilà - you may have an aspiring engineer before you know it! :-D ... See more
--- Sidecar work continues ---
The 3D printed sidecar cowling was a couple of inches too large for our printer, so we had to print the last section as a separate piece.
Machining the mating surfaces for a perfect fit when we glue them together. ... See more
--- Big news, BIG 3D print! ---
New sidecar for the KillaJoule. See how we did it in the video.
The giant spool of filament is from Pushplastic.Com (the URL is incorrect in the video, sorry....)
Printer parts were bought from IT-Works 3D. The giant printer is derived from a LulzBot TAZ 5. ... See more
--- The largest hail I have ever seen! ---
A bit of drama today as golfball sized hail hit our house, cars, garage, and trailer this afternoon. The largest I found was almost 2 inches (50 mm) in diameter, and made of solid ice.
The patio roof and house siding took the worst hit. The patio roof is full of holes, and so is the vinyl siding on the west side of the house. The trailer and the Prius both look like golfballs... (The spots on the trailer that appear light is actually where the paint has been scuffed off). The truck only got a few dings; its body is made from really thick sheet metal. Our Nissan Leaf electric car wasn't home, so it wasn't affected; we are really thankful for that.
A bit ironic (and lucky) is that we received the annual insurance documents today, and I thought this morning "Geez, I wonder if we really want to keep comprehensive insurance on the Prius, it is getting kind of old". I am glad we do have insurance, this will be an expensive party for the insurance company.... All three vehicles (truck, trailer, and Prius) are insured to their full value, and so is the house. Despite that, I am happy if we don't come out too much behind, property damage typically ends up costing you no matter it how good insurance you have.
Amazingly enough, the solar panels appears to have survived. They are still producing power, and I take that as a good sign. ... See more