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Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'

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Chuck_IAG
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nearly speechless
Chuck_IAG   11/6/2012 12:33:15 PM
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I'm almost speechless.  So did this guy's wife leave him before, during or after construction?

Ann R. Thryft
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Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Ann R. Thryft   11/6/2012 11:51:11 AM
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This made me think of one of Rube Goldberg's devices http://www.rubegoldberg.com only much more complicated than the ones he designed.

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Re: I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
TJ McDermott   11/6/2012 9:52:27 AM
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It's the builder's time and money to spend; look at the wonder they've created in every viewer.  It's not a waste at all.

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Re: I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
jhankwitz   11/6/2012 9:48:22 AM
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Someone has way too much money and time on their hands.  I wonder who financed this project and how often they need to replace parts to keep it operational. 

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Re: I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
TunaFish#5   11/6/2012 9:15:30 AM
TJ  -  my thought exactly -- or along the same lines, anyway.  These things ain't cheap.

I suspect this guy doesn't have a wife or kids.

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Re: Wow
mrdon   11/6/2012 3:10:02 AM
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Elizabeth M, I agree. It's quite ironic that a video on LEGO engineering was aired on Design News when in my Control Systems class I showed a couple of videos illustrating mechatronics applications using the LEGO NXT-Mindstorms kit. Such a cool video and I will definitely be showing this magnificent machine to my class next week. Awesome engineering!!!

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Re: I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
mrdon   11/6/2012 3:00:53 AM
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TJ McDermott, I watched approximately 3mins of the video and I was blown away by the shear complexity of the machine. There's a lot of cool manufacturing processes and automation techniques that can be learned by watching this magnificent machine in operation. What a cool video!!!

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I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
TJ McDermott   11/5/2012 11:54:47 PM
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I swore I wasn't.  Weak, weak, weak I am.

Any idea as to basic Lego part count in this video?  Not the motors, sensors, and controllers necessary from the MindStorm kits.  I'm talking about the basic static Lego parts.  They average about $.10 a piece (so a 500 part kit in the store should run about $50 in the USA).  I'm curious about what we just watched cost the builder.

I was fortunate to visit BrickCon in Seattle last month.  I saw a large-scale Hogwarts model in such intricate detail.  I think I was looking at close to a quarter-million dollars in bricks alone.

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Re: Amazing
Charles Murray   11/5/2012 7:05:35 PM
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I agree, Jenn. The Mousetrap game was my first thought, too. It also reminds me of the contraption that used to be in the concourse at Logan Airport in Boston, except this is much more complex.

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Re: Wow
Rob Spiegel   11/5/2012 2:51:54 PM
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Wow. This is a magnificent machine. Who on earth has the time to build something like this? I hope it's on display somewhere. I've seen a machine like this -- but not as elaborate -- in a science museum.

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