View Full Version : Ingenious Mechanisms

01-10-2013, 12:28 PM
My son sent this link to me and I thought it would be of some interest. Imagine making all those parts out of metal - it must have taken the builder an incredible amount of time to do it even using wood.


The Jacobs ladders reminded me of the one Brian Rupnow built.


brian Rupnow
01-10-2013, 06:57 PM
Geoff---That is really neat. Thanks for posting.----Brian

01-10-2013, 07:03 PM
So Cool! Don't you wish they had plans posted? Thanks Fred

Dr Stan
01-10-2013, 07:57 PM
Way cool. They're more than machines, IMHO they are kinetic sculptures and are reminiscent of pachinko (sp?) and pinball machines.

01-10-2013, 09:58 PM
OMG- I can't watch that. Look how clean the shop is- I can't stand it :)

01-11-2013, 01:42 AM
This guy has way, way WAAAAAAAAY too much time on his hands.

Jaakko Fagerlund
01-11-2013, 04:16 AM
I'm always amazed by the ingenious ways that the builders use to get the balls lifted. This guy had at least 3 different mechanisms that I hadn't seen and really loved the two elevator designs.

01-11-2013, 06:56 AM
Those are just his starters. Go to youtube and check out some of his more complicated marble machines. Unbelievable. Those made by Matthias Wandel are pretty spectacular, too.

01-11-2013, 09:16 AM
Love stuff like that.

The one that chucks the ball up to the catch basket: Wonder how many of those damned little balls he chased around the shop floor before he got that one right. :)

01-11-2013, 10:11 AM
This guy has way, way WAAAAAAAAY too much time on his hands.
He's obviously a retired Engineer. or a retired 'Something' with ALOT of free time on his hands, to make all of those awesome gizmos.