#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, October 21st, 2013 18:33
#2 By: hungryjoe, October 21st, 2013 19:09
Thank you for this. I have wondered about this a lot. Like most things in my life, it was a forehead-slapper.
#3 By: Jake Wilcox, October 21st, 2013 19:11
"Random Task, show them what it is you do."
#4 By: technogeek, October 21st, 2013 19:28
After watching: Ah. That makes entirely too much sense.
(I needed this bit of mechanical meditation last night. Frustrating installation benefits from a reminder that some things are sufficiently polished that they Just Work.)
#5 By: leicester, October 21st, 2013 19:29
followed by the one that makes chicken wire.
#6 By: Cary, October 21st, 2013 19:29
Bending Unit 22's great, great, great grandmother....
His great, great grandfather shown below:
#7 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, October 21st, 2013 19:33
Well, workers, where are your chains now?
#8 By: Chris_Muir, October 21st, 2013 19:37
#9 By: Tim Quinn, October 21st, 2013 19:54
I approve this thread and encourage its extension.
#10 By: El_Acordeonachi, October 21st, 2013 20:41
#11 By: newliminted, October 21st, 2013 22:56
I would have come here to say the same thing, but it took me three hours to break free from it.
#13 By: James Kilpatrick, October 21st, 2013 23:54
Bah, embed fail. Here's a link to video (converted B&W film) of an older, more hands-on approach to chainmaking.
Blacksmiths making chain
#14 By: Lethonee, October 22nd, 2013 00:02
What about chains where the gap in the link is welded?
#15 By: Mister44, October 22nd, 2013 00:22
FAIL. That looks nothing like chickens.
#16 By: Justin Forposting, October 22nd, 2013 00:44
but how does the top pinchy thing know how to rotate the round chainy thing 90°? that there's just the money shot. it's the part that we all knew was coming jumped right to it without the buildup and suspense. where's the rest of the cams and cranks and gears? where's the drama and story? when will animated gifs finally grow into the art medium they were born to be?
#17 By: Beanolini, October 22nd, 2013 04:13
My extensive research (consisting almost entirely of watching youtube videos of chain-making machines) shows that some machines weld the chain as they form it, that other machines exist merely to weld existing chain, and that some chains are made with solder-filled wire that will join the links when heated.
#18 By: Paul Sampson, October 22nd, 2013 05:11
I really really want to see the animated gif that shows what happens without the top pinchy thing rotating the round chainy thing.
#19 By: Paul Renault, October 22nd, 2013 07:28
I didn't see where the liquor goes in, in this bending unit.
#20 By: Itsumishi, October 22nd, 2013 07:34
I love videos of impressive machines like this. Thank you.
#21 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, October 22nd, 2013 07:34
I'm going to hope that the method described in that particular patent isn't much used any more...
" I have discovered that if I construct my hollow tubular body of a silver cadmium alloy, preferably one containing 77 to 99 per cent of silver and 1 to 23 percent of cadmium, it will have a melting point substantially above the flow point of all standard types of silver solders normally employed as the cores"
A for effort, dude, but cadmium alloys for skin-contact applications? SRSLY?
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