Rube Goldberg Machine




Let me explain the machine is not only a concept but also reinvention of past technology to accomplish a new task . In our chain reaction machine, we have the Arduino controller to power a motor that moves a candle next to a string. The candle burns the string that lets the weights on the other side to pull down letting the bicycle air pump release air. The air travels through a tube, into pneumatic cylinder that pushes into a nerf gun trigger. The nerf gun shoots a dart that hits a paddle ball. The vibrations send a metal marble down a green track then drops into a red funnel. From the funnel the marble lands into a train's smoke stack completing the circuit to powers the train, which is holding a red bull, forward on a track. Then the train will hit a momentary button that triggers a recycled Ford electric lock cylinder that pushes the red bull can off the train. The can then rolls down a PVC pipe and lands in to the open hand of the person waiting for the red bull.



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    Ahh, I'd love to see a video of this in action. A few of my mates and I joined a collegiate Rube Goldberg competition a few months ago, just for fun (we came in second - the winner had a CO2 car that launched into a giant spring coil...major bonus points for style) - these things are fun to build and run.

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    Hello, I have just got your message looking for the machine in action and I have all the videos from start to finish on how this machine came to be