I fixed my coffee maker in a bad way, then in an awesome way


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That’s a nifty bit of hacking @frauenfelder!


How was this animated?


Ah, you want the secret? I haven’t the foggiest idea, but I thought the same thing as soon as I saw it.



I lost two pots the same way, and bought a Keurig to save from losing a third one. Course, didn’t think of this.


Art Clokey’s son is alive and in the animation business. Maybe he knows?


Wow, I didn’t know that.


There’s a “Star Wars universe” lived-in beat-up vibe to Mark’s repaired pot. Like it could be a droid in a scruffy back-street cafe.


Maybe there’s a cutaway at the back? It could be just big enough to hold the gumballs.


My best guess is a series of completely separate models, glass sphere and all. Why make it harder than it has to be?


It’s just the front half of the bowl.

Oh no wait - Gumby set the camera on self-timer release. For each shot het had to turn into many little gumballs so he could enter and leave the bowl.


Looks like a cut-out to me – I think that the smear from the block in the upper left (Gumby’s right) follows the curve of the upper edge of the cut-out.
You can kind’a see it better here:


I’m glad you didn’t grab the handle with your bare hand, Mark!


I always find the quick-and-dirty hack much more satisfying than the one that requires complicated and fussy planning, measuring, and implementation.


Do you not use your espresso machine any more? Your stories about adding the PID and getting trained by a some big shot barista (sorry I forgot his name) inspired me to up my coffee game and I have been living the espresso life ever since.

Huffing Boing Boing

As a believer in the sunk cost fallacy

I know you’re just making a funny here, but imho it only counts as a fallacy if the cost of avoiding replacing the pot outweighs the cost of just buying a new pot. And since economics doesn’t factor in environmental cost, I kinda wonder if the fallacy itself is a fallacy.

Also, are the new pots as good as the one you already have? Seems like there are a lot of products on the market that look like the old stuff, but aren’t as good. Were you planning on doing any paying work while you made a new handle instead, or were you just planning on, I don’t know, having a Game of Thrones marathon viewing? Did you get a nice dopamine boost from successfully fixing it?

I like fixing stuff when I can. It keeps the stuff out of the landfill and I learn something new nearly every time. I got that from Dad; someday, I’m going to inherit a bunch of 150-year-old-plus hand tools that get used. It horrifies collectors, but the tools from back then are really good quality.


I bet his dad knew where to get all the good drugs.


The kind of ABS used in 3D printers is a thermoplastic, not a thermosetting polymer, it’s just a consequence of how the printer prints. Thermosetting plastics have to be made by injection molding. The only thermosetting 3D printers (that I know of personally, and I know about plastic, not 3D printers.) seem to be experimental.