Time Machine

Each year my business has an exhibit at a large convention. This year, our theme related to the future, so we built a time machine. My brother-in-law is a rocket engineer, so he designed a rocket-shaped time machine for us.

My job was to design the contents of the compartments. I cut the gears in the lower compartment out of 1/8" acrylic. The gears are driven by a small motor, mounted behind the compartment.

The support system for the wire coils in the upper compartment is a combination of 1/4" clear and 1/4" and 1/8" black acrylic. The clear acrylic layers allow for led lights to illuminate the acrylic dowels and the edges of the clear layer of the shelves. My brother-in-law made the flux capacitor on his 3D printer.

The time machine doubles as a photo booth. The other side of the time machine allows attendees to get a photo of themselves showing what the future has in store for them if they use our product. My sister and brother-in-law created the control panel.

I’m sure you are wondering whether the time machine actually works.

I’ll let you know.

The question is, WHEN will I let you know?

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Thanks for the photos and explanation of this project. Turned out great. I look forward to hearing about the operational capabilities of the time machine.

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Mighty fine punchline there! :smirk:

That looks like a fun project, great collaboration.

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Very cool project!

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I’ll go in at some point in the distant future and edit it. Since you have a Time Machine you can go forward and take a look.

When you see it will you come back and tell me what it says. I’m. Supper curious what future me has to say.

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Lovely project. Looks like loads of hard work

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Slightly off topic, but after looking at the last picture, I started hearing “Lets do the Time Warp” in my head and seeing those in attendance dancing to it. Lol.

Great project. A lot of thought went into it.

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What a fun, interactive project! I love the photo op!

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:rofl:

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Thats´s a lot a creativity in a rocket shaped project. Congratulations @LauraZM and the rest of the team!
Could you please post a small video of the gears turning?

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This looks amazing

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Makes me think of the books by Carolos Ruiz Zafon, the Cemetery of Forgotten book et alia.

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Oh, that is very cute. You did a great job on it!

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Very cool – I remember seeing that next year! :innocent:

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Thats’s amazing work! I’ll have been looking backward to this project for a long time.

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That is way cool. I built a time machine once too. for kids’ sunday school class over teh summer only time attendance grew from week to week during the summer. we were retrieving biblical figures that talked about their gifts. the first time we used it. my buddy playing jonah, came out spewing water. the kids went nuts. it was hilarious.

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