While working on a project for a television program,
several-times-over Gadget Freak John Tindall started tinkering with a pulsejet
engine. Pulsejet engines were used by the Germans during WWII. The technology was
left behind by turbofan jets. But Tindall found the pulsejet well-suited to garage
- and Gadget Freak - tinkering. Apparently there is a wide community of
hobbyists playing with pulsejets at home. Tindall came up with a cyclonic-valve
radial design that makes for smoother airflow. He proved the concept with
plastic and aluminum valves - but the gadget backfired and blew up. Next step, a
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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