Category: Engineering Marvels


See Pride Mega Yachts’ 115m Superyacht Estatement At The Monaco Boat Show

 

 

 

Estatement super yacht Pride Mega Yachts Monaco boat show

 

 

 

 

” This enormous megayacht concept comes from the specialist superyacht division of the Chinese CIMC Raffles shipyard. She follows the sale of the yard’s 88.8 metre new build superyacht Illusion, which is due for delivery in late 2015.”

 

 

Here is a video of Illusion … 

 

 

 

 

 

” Based on her smaller sistership Illusion, Estatement was designed by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. She will feature an 18.1 metre beam, a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure with a displacement of 5,500 gross tons.

  Her spacious, contemporary interior will accommodate 22 guests in a master stateroom, two VIP cabins and eight double cabins. She will also be able to accommodate 35 crew.

  With a fuel capacity of 300,000 litres, Estatement will have a cruising speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 17.5 knots. She is expected to have a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

  As well as presenting the Estatement concept, Pride Mega Yachts will also be providing an update on Illusion‘s building progress at the Monaco boat show. “

 

 

 

Estatement

 

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Overall length: 115 m
Maximum beam: 18.1 m
Maximum draft: 4 m
Gross tonnage: 5,500 GRT
Maximum speed: 17.5 KT
Cruising speed: 15 KT

 

Range: 6,000 nautical miles
Fuel capacity: 300,000 liter
Fresh water capacity: 75,000 liter
Hull material: Steel
Superstructure material: Aluminum

ACCOMMODATION

Guest capacity
22 persons 8 double cabins, 2 VIP cabins, owner stateroom
Crew capacity 35 persons
14 double cabins, 6 staff, 1 captain)
Water sports
2 x sports tender, 1 x limo tender, 4-6 wave runners

CREATION CONCEPT

Builder
Pride Mega Yachts

Exterior & Interior Design
Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design “

 

 

 

Thanks to BoatInternational

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GHOST: An Anti-Terrorism Vessel Built To Outperform Stealth Aircraft

 

 

 

GHOST

 

 

 

” Like all branches of the military, the U.S. Navy is undergoing revolutionary change, where time-tested military tactics and cutting-edge technological advances can potentially meet formidable challenges. One of the greatest threats on the high seas is low-tech vessel attacks with conventional explosives; for example, the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors and wounded 39 others.”

 

 

 

 

 

” That horrific event alerted America’s military to the clear and present danger of those tactics being used again against our Navy and other military branches. It also underscored the need for new solutions. One innovative company is stirring great excitement among a variety of naval leaders. Juliet Marine Systems, a maritime technology company headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, takes historically proven systems, combines them with new technologies and comes up with breakthrough solutions to existing needs.”

 

 

 

 

 

” With regard to the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks against America’s naval and coalition ships, the company has developed a first-of-its kind anti-terrorism vessel called GHOST. It is a combination of stealth fighter aircraft and attack helicopter technologies packaged in a marine platform. The unique capabilities of GHOST are designed to provide a marine surface and subsurface platform for tracking and identification of multiple targets. Systems for integrating onboard weapons will be designed to be capable of multi-target firing solutions while GHOSToperates at very high speed. These weapons integration systems will also allow for attacking several targets simultaneously with a variety of weapons systems options. Already GHOSTvessels have the ability to create a protective fleet perimeter, while providing sensor and weapons platforms to deny surface or subsurface intrusions.”

 

 

 

 

 

Some specs from the manufacturer:  

 

 

Products

 

  • Very High Speed Surface Craft
  • Manned and Unmanned Surface Craft
  • Manned and Unmanned Subsurface Craft
  • ROVs
  • UUVs
  • LDUUV

 

Missions

  • Force Protection
  • Special Operations Support
  • Anti-submarine Warfare, (ASW)
  • Mine Warfare, (MIW)
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, (ISR)

 

Additional Applications

  • High Speed Maritime Ferry/Taxi
  • Offshore Oil Rig Supply Vessel
  • Pleasure Craft

 

 

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Meet The RSh-12: The Most Powerful Revolver In The World Is Russian

 

 

 

 

 

” Well, the most powerful production revolver in the world anyway, and that’s just according to the manufacturer. For whatever reason, Russian designers took to creating a revolver to fire their 12.7x55mm cartridge (speculated to be a cut-down .338 Lapua case; it and the rifle it was designed for have been covered previously on TFB here), it has been suggested for the purpose of destroying locks and other objects.”

 

 More at The Firearm Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Motors Will 3D-Print A Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Local Motors, purveyor of the excellent Rally Fighter that TG had a go in a few years back, is in the process of making the world’s first full-sized, driveable car using parts made almost entirely using 3D-printing technology. Yes, ladies and gents, it seems the future is truly upon us.

  The car will be called the ‘Strati’ and is being printed and assembled by Local Motors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which is currently being held in Chicago.

  As the printers spray out each individual piece of the car, a team of ‘rapid assembly’ engineers will then put the individual pieces into place. Local Motors claims that the ‘Strati’ will only have 40 parts – as opposed to the average 2,000 parts found in most vehicles – and will take 44 hours to print. Then, on the final day of the IMTS it hopes to drive its creation off the show floor. “

 

 

From Local Motors press release:

 

” Chicago, IL. (September 8, 2014) – History will be made when the world’s first 3D-printed car drives out of McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. During the six-day IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, the vehicle will be printed over 44 hours then rapidly assembled by a team led by Local Motors with the historic first drive set to take place the morning of Saturday, September 13.

  Called the Strati, the vehicle will be 3D printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first time this method has been used to make a car. Mechanical components, like battery, motor, wiring, and suspension are sourced from a variety of suppliers, including Renault’s Twizy, a line of electric powered city cars.

“ The Strati was designed by our community, made in our Microfactory and will be driven by you,” said John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO of Local Motors. “This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way.”

  The innovative and bold vehicle uses the material science and advanced manufacturing techniques pioneered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). “

 

 

 

 

Top Gear has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kibo Interior & Exterior Photos

 

 

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” The 266.40ft Custom motor yacht motor yacht ‘Kibo’ was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany at their Lemwerder shipyard , she was delivered to her owner in 2014. Terence Disdale is responsible for her beautiful exterior and interior design.”

 

 

Kibo

Construction & Dimensions

” Kibo features a displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak decks. She was built to Lloyds Register classification society rules.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

 

  1. Length 266.40ft /81.2m
    Builder Abeking & Rasmussen
    Exterior Designer Terence Disdale
    Interior Design Terence Disdale
    Built | Refit 2014
    Model Custom
    Beam 41.34ft /12.6m
    Gross Tonnage 2350 Tonnes
    Draft 10.99ft /3.35m
    Crusing Speed 12 Knots
    Top Speed 16 Knots

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Russia Releases Photos Of Its Submarine Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

” The Russian Defense Ministry released photos of a cargo ship transporting two of its nuclear-powered attack submarines in a pretty stunning set of photos.

  Russia is transporting the Bratsk and the Samara Akula II-class submarines from Kamchatka to Severodvinsk where both are set to receive massive modernization upgrades at the Zvezdochka shipyard. The submarines will be ferried by the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet  along Russia’s frigid northern coast before it is set to arrive Sept. 20.

  The release of the photos along with an update on the modernization of the Russian’s highly-secretive submarine fleet is what sticks out. RT was the first to publish the photos. “

 

Read/see more at Defense Tech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorewood Man Builds Concrete Castle With Homemade 3D Printer

 

 

 

3D Castle

Click pic for video

 

 

 

” You’ve heard the saying that a man’s home is his castle. In Shorewood, there’s one man who has taken that to the extreme.

  When Andrey Rudenko couldn’t find a tree large enough to construct a fort, he took to building a 3D printer. But it’s what he did with the printer that is truly something to behold.“It was my dream to build someday castle,” Rudenko said.

   He is a contractor by trade, with a passion for computers and architecture. But he also has quite a mind for invention. “

 

 

CBS Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could This Nail Polish Help Prevent Date Rape?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Remember the pd.id, the tiny, lighter-sized device that women could slip in their drinks to detect the presence of date-rape drugs? Soon you won’t need to carry around a sensor with you to protect yourself during a night on the town—all you’ll need is a manicure before you go.

  The startup Undercover Colors, which is marketing itself as “the first fashion company to prevent sexual assault,” is currently developing a brand of nail polish that can detect the presence of date-rape drugs, which are generally colorless and odorless, in someone’s beverage. All you have to do is surreptitiously dip a nail into your drink, and wait to see if it changes color.”

 

 

 

 

” Undercover Colors was founded by four undergraduate engineering students at North Carolina State University. The idea for the startup, cofounder Ankesh Madan says, arose from personal experience.

“ We were thinking about big problems in our society, [and] the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up,” he recently told Higher Education Works. “All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience, and we began to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use.” “

 

 

Read more and read also some naysaying regarding the practical application of the detection system 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

johngalt:

Very Cool …

Originally posted on Hackaday:

Steam Powered Tank for the 21st Century

Steam power anything these days is pretty cool, but rarely have we ever seen such a complex build as this steam powered, remote controlled 1/16th scale tank.

[Ian] is an electronics design engineer whose hobbies include messing around with steam power. The Steam Turret Tank is based on a 1/16th scale Tamiya King Tiger die-cast model tank. It features a 3.5″ diameter marine boiler from MaccSteam, which is a fully equipped miniature version of a real boiler, complete with pressure gauges, safety valves, and a ceramic burner. It can produce pressures of up to 70PSI (max 120PSI), but for this project, [Ian] is limiting it to around 30PSI.

A small 2″ diameter fuel tank contains a propane mixture to fuel the boiler. Two Regner 40451 Piccolo steam engines make up the drive train, with mechanical linkages controlled by servos to engage the various features. The tank can go forward, backward…

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Chinese Teen Gets World’s First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant

 

 

 

 

” The use of 3D printers in the medical field took another step forward this week after a group of Chinese surgeons successfully implanted an artificial vertebrae replacement in a patient. The procedure is considered to be the first of its kind.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

”  Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University Third Hospital were able to replace the second vertebrae on a 12-year-old boy identified as Minghao. According to China Central Television, Minghao was diagnosed with cancer after injuring his neck while playing soccer. Doctors treating Minghao for the neck injury identified a malignant tumor on the boy’s spine.”

 

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Look At What Two Years On Mars Did To The Curiosity Rover

 

 

 

Mars Rover

 

 

” NASA’s Curiosity rover just recently finished its second year exploring Mars, and the red planet’s harsh environment has taken its toll. Rocky terrain, tricky sand dunes, and exposure to Martian dust storms have left the SUV-sized robot looking a little worse for wear as it continues its march towards its eventual goal, Mount Sharp.

  Below is a before-and-after look at a variety of instruments and features on Curiosity and the wear they’ve endured during the rover’s first two years, made from images uploaded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Each image is either from the MAHLI imager or the Mastcam, and is also labeled with the Sol number (sol = one Martian solar day, the mission is currently on Sol 724) during which each image was taken.”

See more at The Verge

Smartphone Add-Ons Offer Thermal Imaging

 

 

 

 

” Thermal imaging, a long-costly technology that lets soldiers see in the dark and firefighters see through smoke, is rapidly moving toward the mainstream with phone add-ons that cost hundreds of dollars rather than thousands.

  Flir Systems Inc., FLIR +0.26% one of the best-known manufacturers in the field, in July introduced a $349 iPhone accessory that allows the smartphone’s display to show glowing heat signatures of people, animals, lights and other objects. Its Flir One looks a bit like a standard protective case for a smartphone. The camera-equipped black sleeve wraps around an iPhone 5 or 5s, allowing a user to point at objects while viewing images on its display.

   Meanwhile, a group of industry veterans at a startup called Seek Thermal this fall plan to begin selling an add-on camera for smartphones for about $100 less. Rather than a sleeve, the company plans to sell a small thermal-camera module that plugs into the bottom of a smartphone. In a recent demonstration, a prototype Seek Thermal camera generated color thermal images that can be contrasted with conventional images using a split-screen feature.”

 

 

The interested reader can find reviews of the Flir One here and here

 

 

 

WSJ has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Gun Manufacturer Just Stared Down Eric Holder And Told Him To Shove It

 

 

 

” While many anti-gun activists have responded to recent tragic shootings by demanding that law-abiding gun owners give up their Second Amendment rights, many in the industry have worked to make guns safer. One such innovator is Kodiak Arms President W.P. Gentry.

  The manufacturer spent time and money researching the potential benefits of installing software into firearms allowing them to recognize authorized users before becoming operable. Gentry noted that his company was at the forefront of perfecting such technology just months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“ I then had the biggest development in smart-gun technology coming together at my facility in Utah,” he said, touting a product called “the Intelligun.”

  He explained that the handgun’s grip would be able to identify fingerprints and, within one second, recognize whether the holder was authorized to use the firearm or not. When Attorney General Eric Holder met with multiple gun manufacturers in April 2013, Gentry said he was invited to discuss his innovation.

 

 

“ This interested Eric Holder,” he recalled. “He wondered how we might be able to control who was or wasn’t authorized.”

 


Immediately, Gentry realized the host was proposing something antithetical to the motivation behind his research.

“ I stopped him right there,” he said. “I looked right across the table at Eric Holder – yeah, the attorney general of the United States – and told him, ‘If you try to mandate my smart-gun technology, I’ll burn it down.’”

  Gentry explained that it was clear he and Holder had opposing views regarding how to make guns safer.

 

 

“The Intelligun is designed to save lives,” he said, “not restrict freedom.”

 

 

  Holder’s interest in restricting users by utilizing the new technology is just one reason gun rights advocates say that many anti-gun activists want to see the software mandated in all firearms.”

 

Western Journalism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Great Center-Console Boats Over 30 Feet

 

” This is the age of the super-sized center console. Based on big, beamy hulls and boasting plenty of power – usually in the form of multiple V-6 or V-8 outboards – these offshore fishing machines are suitable for a wide range of angling pursuits – from sailfish to swordfish, kingfish to cobia, tuna to tarpon and more.

  What defines a big center-console fishing boat? We think 30-something-plus feet LOA (length overall) serves as the benchmark, though today you’ll certainly find multiple boats over 40 feet in this genre. And there are some spectacular models – not just because of their size, but also because of their great designs, features and style.

  We’ve scoured the market to find today’s top models, great center-console boats that have earned the respect of serious offshore anglers. So if you are looking for a new blue-water boat, start your search here with 25 Great Center-Console Boats Over 30 Feet. (Listed alphabetically by manufacturer.)

  Check out our other galleries on great saltwater fishing boats, including 25 of the Top Inshore Center Consoles, 25 of the Decade’s Top Boats, and 25 Dream Boats. “

 

 

 

edgewater318cc a2d3495 robert holland bfs

 

 

 

” The EdgeWater 318CC continues to be a favorite among saltwater anglers. This center-console boat’s 10-foot, 2-inch beam offers plenty of fishing space for you and your crew without feeling crowded. The unsinkable design of EdgeWater’s SPI (Single Piece Infusion) all-composite construction enables a safer, stronger and well-performing hull. 

  The outboard-powered 318CC features a 28-gallon livewell and two fish lockers – one forward and one aft that can double as a livewell. It also offers tackle storage in the leaning post and rod holders aplenty. Rated for 700 hp and boasting 300-gallon fuel capacity, the 318CC has the power and range to fish far offshore and return you safely.”

 

 

See the others including entries from Contender , Hydra-Sports , Everglades , Intrepid and much more …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Swamp Cooler For Burning Man

 

Hexayurt Swamp Cooler for Burning Man

 

 

 

” For those who don’t know, Burning Man is a week-long festival in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event attracts a wide range of creative people from all over the world.

  This year, [Jake] is going to bring his homemade evaporative ‘swamp cooler’ to help battle the heat. His design uses a medium-sized shipping container with two large holes cut out of it and two 200mm PC cooling fans embedded into the plastic. The fans blow air from the outside into the bin. Humidifier filters sourced from a local dump are inserted into the middle of the container. The filters acts as an absorbent material to hold melt-water being pumped in from another cooler chest above.”

 

 

Hackaday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Motorized Bike Will Help You Survive The Apocalypse

 

 

 

 

 

” When the apocalypse arrives (zombie or otherwise), you’ll need to be prepared for anything. Part of said preparedness should certainly involve transportation, and thanks to the folks at Motopeds, there’s a legit option. The Survival Bike: Black Ops Edition hits the trail with a compound crossbow, fuel storage, shovel, tomahawk, harpoon, blade saw, climbing gear, lights and a smattering of tools and knives. To keep you on the correct (read: covert) path, there’s a handlebar mount for that trusty smartphone or GPS unit needed to navigate. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing, but the company’s regular chassis kit includes everything you’ll need minus the 4-stroke engine for $1,999.”

 

 

Available accessories include …

” Barnett Recruit Compound Crossbow

Rotopax RX-1G Gas Packs – 1 Gallon

United Cutlery M48 Tactical Survival Shovel

United Cutlery M48 Hawk Tomahawk

United Cutlery M48 Hawk Harpoon

Gerber Fixed Blade Saw

Blackburn X6 Light System

Black Diamond Carabiners / Climbing rope

Cree Mini LED Flashlight

BioLogic Bike Mount for iPhone4/gps

Tool Logic Tactical Multifunction Knife / light

Tool Logic Credit Card Companion multi-tool

CRKT Guppie multi-tool

Tactical-Warrior Neck Knife “

 

 

 

Thanks to Engadget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

 

 

RoboShipbuilder <i>(Image: Daewoo)</i>

 

 

 

” Workers building the world’s biggest ships could soon don robotic exoskeletons to lug around 100-kilogram hunks of metal as if they’re nothing.

  At a sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers dressed in wearable robotics were hefting large hunks of metal, pipes and other objects as if they were nothing.

  It was all part of a test last year by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, at their facility in Okpo-dong. The company, one of the largest shipbuilders in the world, wants to take production to the next level by outfitting staff with robot exoskeletons that give them superhuman strength.

  Gilwhoan Chu, the lead engineer for the firm’s research and development arm, says the pilot showed that the exoskeleton does help workers perform their tasks. His team is working to improve the prototypes so that they can go into regular use in the shipyard, where robots already run a large portion of a hugely complex assembly system.

  The exoskeleton fits anyone between 160 and 185 centimetres tall. Workers do not feel the weight of its 28-kilogram frame of carbon, aluminium alloy and steel, as the suit supports itself and is engineered to follow the wearer’s movements. With a 3-hour battery life, the exoskeleton allows users to walk at a normal pace and, in its prototype form, it can lift objects with a mass of up to 30 kilograms.”

Read more at New Scientist

HT/Gizmodo

Simple Blood Test Can Now Detect Cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In a first, British researchers have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not.

  Early results have shown the new test gives a high degree of accuracy in diagnosing cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer.

  The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures, researchers said.

” We found that people with cancer have DNA which is more easily damaged by ultraviolet light than other people, so the test shows the sensitivity to damage of all the DNA — the genome — in a cell,” explained professor Diana Anderson from the University of Bradford’s School of Life Sciences.”

 

Times Of India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why The Salvo 12 Is The Most Important Suppressor Ever Made (VIDEO)

 

 

 

 

 

” Things have gotten pretty exciting lately with the announcement of the Salvo 12. Everyone, not just SilencerCo, is pretty wired about the concept of a suppressed shotgun. It’s been done before, but only by boutiques and never by anyone with the clout and standing that SilencerCo has in this industry.

  SilencerCo’s rise to being number one seller of suppressors has been nothing short of phenomenal.

  Founded in 2008, the company started out as a two-man operation and is now an industry leader. They’ve done by being innovative and hands-on, producing a better, longer-lasting product and focusing on marketing.

“ I jumped on a plane and flew to all 39 states where silencers are legal to meet with dealers,” said Joshua Walden, one of SilencerCo’s founders, to Inc. magazine. “We ended up taking so many preorders that we sold out our first batch of 200 silencers before they had even been made. The first year, we sold 750 Sparrows. Soon after, we developed and released our next product, the Osprey, a silencer for handguns.”

  A big hurdle for the company has been just getting the idea out there that suppressors are legal, helpful and attainable. They’re not taboo, they make shooting easier and safer. They’re aware that silencers have been villainized and distorted over decades of bad press, when in reality they’re just another tool in the shooting kit.

  Which is why the Salvo 12 is the most important suppressor ever made.”

 

Guns.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrally Suppressed 10/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Great Lakes Tactical makes integrally suppressed 10/22 rifles that are a beautiful thing to (not) hear.

  As I mentioned earlier in the week, I had the chance to do some shooting with the guys at Great Lakes Tactical in Ohio.  In addition to the full auto Glock, they brought along one of their integrally suppressed 10/22 rifles.  This was a nice piece of hardware.

  The 10/22 I shot used a Green Mountain barrel with a sleeve over it.  The barrel was cut and when combined with the sleeve acted as a very effective sound suppressor.  The sleeve comes off easily for cleaning, and gives the rifle a nice bull barrel look.”

 

Read the whole review at The Firearm Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Men Equal: The Legend Of Samuel Colt’s 200th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

” It was in the winter of 1831 that Sam Colt saw a revolving pistol for the first time. This occasion was so important that he lied about it in later years. The gun shop he visited in Calcutta had a few examples of the Collier revolving flintlock pistol. Studying them gave Sam ideas for improving the revolver. The main fault of the Collier, Sam thought, was the method by which the cylinder was rotated. After each shot was fired, the shooter had to set the cylinder into a firing position by hand, always making sure that a loaded chamber was in line with the barrel. This had to be done each time the pistol was fired. Then, too, the Collier had too many parts; more than 40 separate pieces went into the lock, not including the lockplate, attaching screws, stock, cylinder and other essentials. His invention would cut down the number of parts, but, more important, he would devise a method of turning the cylinder automatically, not by hand.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” With financial aid from his father, Christopher, Sam sought the services of Anson Chase, a gunsmith of Hartford, Connecticut. Chase agreed to produce the working models Colt needed and set himself to the task. He made a pistol, which closely followed Colt’s wooden pattern, then turned his efforts toward producing a revolving rifle. On December 30, 1831, using money he received as a Christmas gift, Colt paid Chase $15 on the account, but where or when he would get the balance lay in doubt.

  When he left his home in Ware, Massachusetts, the youth Samuel Colt was no more. In his place stood Dr. Coult, the celebrated lecturer and scientist of New York, London and Calcutta. The deception was magnificent and enabled Sam to collect fees for lecturing on natural philosophy and chemistry. After each lecture, he would delight his audience with a demonstration of laughing gas. Using a willing participant, Sam administered the gas, which induced a form of harmless intoxication.”

 

 

 

 

” When Sam arrived in Hartford in December 1833, Chase showed him another crude specimen fashioned from the original model. They were eager to test it, and the revolver was promptly loaded, placed in a vise and fired. Much to the dismay of the two men, the revolver burst apart. It was a disheartening thing to have happen, but it was the first hint of a trouble that would plague Colt for several years — re-flash. A front plate, which held the loose bullets from falling out, trapped the lateral flash at the breech end of the barrel. This pushed the hot particles of gunpowder into the adjoining chambers, setting off the other charges. When all the charges fired at once, they literally tore the barrel right off the gun. Sam was dejected over his gun’s failure, but, being a good showman, and needing more money for future experiments, he headed to Baltimore to continue his lectures.”

Read the entire history of Samuel Colt’s development of the “great equalizer” at Guns & Ammo

 

 

 

 

 

Print Tasty Treats With MIT’s Ice Cream Printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Three MIT students decided that 3D printers just aren’t interesting enough on their own any more. They wanted to design a new type of printer that would really get young kids engaged. What’s more engaging to children than sugary treats? The team got together to develop a new 3d printer that prints ice cream.

The machine is built around a Solidoodle. “

 

 

Continued at Hackaday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Concordia Refloating Complete, Heading Soon To Scrap Heap

” The wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia was re-floated on Monday and will soon be towed away and broken up for scrap, more than two years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people.

  The 290-meter Costa Concordia ran aground on rocks near the Tuscan holiday island of Giglio on Jan. 13, 2012. The rusting hulk of the once-gleaming-white ship had been resting on a temporary platform since being righted a year ago.

  In what has become one of the largest salvage operations in history, air was pumped into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached around the hull of the 114,500-ton ship. The air forced out the water in the sponsons, lifting the vessel off the underwater platform.”

 

 

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This Bullet Can Change Direction Mid-Air To Track Down Its Target

 

 

 

” The future of war is a laser-guided bullet that can change direction and hit targets at a distance of over one mile away.

  DARPA, the research arm of the Pentagon, has developed the EXACTO system to put a four-inch-long bullet with an optical laser sensor and an eight-bit central processing unit that can compute an algorithm to command electromagnetic steering to give the bullet its deadly precision.

  Unlike most rifle bullets, EXACTO has no spin. Instead, it travels like an electronic dart with fins that can guide it in mid-air.

  A sniper team can control the bullet after firing to ensure accuracy while compensating for weather, wind, target movement, and a range of other factors.”

 

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