Rick Crammond has found a way to improve the Tesla turbine design and give it an update that can sharpen pencils at 2,200 rpm. That's some fast cranking. The turbine alone can reach speeds of 8,000-to-12,000 rpm before it self-destructs. So, Rick built a "bullet-proof" containment box. The turbine, which requires no bearings or shafts, runs on compressed air and spins a pair of disks magnetically coupled to the sharpener.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
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