Cuusoo of the Week: Brick-Sorting Excavator by IFitzGibbon
So far I have provided city, castle, space, adventure (sort of), projects with a message, and parts. Now it's time to show off one of Cuusoo's many LEGO clockwork wonders: a gear logic-brick sorting art piece.
This Brick sorter is a masterful combination of mechanical cunning and brick artistry. Read on to see the video of this marvel in motion.
The video says it all: clever clockworks packaged in a delightful excavator package. If you watch the video and don't intend to support it, there is nothing I can add that would change your mind. So instead of trying to sell anyone further on this, I will carry on with IFitzGibbon explanation of how the sorting logic works:
"When the claw can close no further, power is transferred to lifting the boom and turning the excavator. If the claw closes on a larger brick, it will begin lifting and turning earlier, and thus turns further, before a mechanical timer runs out and clicks the machine into reverse. In reverse the excavator drops the brick and returns for another."
Brilliant! This is the kind of dynamic artistry that I wish was more common in advanced LEGO builds. I hope you agree with me and throw your support in for this project. For those of you who really want to get this project rolling, might I suggest you direct a tweet to celebrity robot builder Grant Imahara.
I will also add that IFitzGibbon is more than happy to answer any questions presented in the project's comments.