Sunday, December 25, 2011

Week TechVideo, 2011 #51 - Single motor Brick-Sorting machine

With one single LEGO motor, MisterFitzGibbon built this brick sorting machine - "LEGO Brick-Sorting Bird" as he called it. A true masterpiece! 

Using just one motor running always in the same direction and no sensors or programmable brick, this amazing model picks the next brick in the queue and sorts them by size.

The description available from YouTube, provides some explanation on the working principles used. It even gives a few hints if you want to build your own and extend it to handle more brick sizes.

"When the beak can close no further, power is transferred to turning the bird. If the beak closes on a larger brick, it will begin turning earlier, and thus turns further, before a crank pushes the bird into reverse. In reverse the bird drops the brick and then returns for another.

For anyone who wants to make one, just remember that the axel on which the bird turns is the stiffer black peg. A grey one would cause the bird to turn before picking up the brick. Also, by extending the neck and the length of the beak you can make a bird which will sort more sizes."

My jaw almost fallen when I saw it for the first time, some months ago... 


Alex Campos said...

That's undoubtedly pure genius at its best! I don't want to imagine to amount of work and time needed to conceive, implement and refine such a mechanism...

DanielM said...

Fantastic moc! It's a simple concept, but must have taken forever to figure out the timing and mechanical aspects of it. I love it when somebody builds a complicated moc that most would say could only be done with a NXT. Mechanical stuff rocks! Awesome moc.

santi said...

Astounding! I love these pure mechanical constructions!

KEvron said...

it's deceptive, how simple it sounds. there are some complicated principles involved in that ingenious design.


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