Tag: engineering

It Slices, It Dices–With a Minuscule Jet of High-Speed Water Instead of a Knife

By Veronique Greenwood | June 13, 2012 2:57 pm

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A moonpie sliced with a water jet cutter: Not a crumb out of place.

There are many wonders of engineering, confined to the labs and warehouses of industry, that we laypeople never get to see. That’s the case with the water jet cutter, which fires out a thin stream of water through a diamond nozzle at nearly the speed of sound and can slice through everything from peaches to linoleum with the greatest of ease.

It’s been around in some form since the 1950s, but if you’re not in the business of cutting things into ever-smaller pieces, you may not have come across it.

Here is a cutter made by Paprima going through beets like a knife through butter:

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Black Box Bot Soaks Up Heat, Then Follows You Around and Keeps You Warm

By Valerie Ross | February 7, 2012 12:26 pm

When it gets cold out, staying warm usually means either cranking up the heat—and, thus, the heating bill—or piling on the sweaters and straying from the radiator’s immediate vicinity only when absolutely necessary. But your days of dashing between warm spots, or paying extra for the privilege of not, may soon be at an end. A new robot can keep you warm by saving up the heat you’ve already got until you need it.

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Inventor Creates Fastest-Ever Furniture: 130MPH Table

By Patrick Morgan | March 8, 2011 5:07 pm

For some, fast food is a treat; for some, it’s a bugbear. For Perry Watkins, a sales director and inventor from Windgrave, England, “Fast Food” is a fire-spewing, chicken-and-fruit-tray-toting dinner table that holds the world’s furniture land speed record.

Watkins achieved this feat, which he expects Guinness to certify, when he took the table for a spin last year. “It was actually worse than I thought it would be. It felt like 200 mph,” Watkins told The Telegraph. Compared to Fast Food, the old record holder—a souped-up sofa—is a mere couch potato, crawling at a mere 92 mph.

Costing roughly $7,800 and one year of Watkins’ life, the record-breaking table looks at first glance looks like an elaborate dinner set-up, complete with candles, lace tablecloth, fruit, and champagne. But on closer inspection, you see that the dishware is bolted to the table, the chicken is fake, and the gravy is made of fiberglass.

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