Wednesday, March 2, 2016
This LEGO Paper Airplane Factory Makes Hand-Folding Look Like a Joke
Written by Eric Limer
If something is worth doing, it's worth overdoing. At least, that's what I assume minds behind this LEGO paper airplane machine think. This automated assembly line can not only take a flat piece of paper and produce a fully-folded plane on the other side, it will throw it for you too.
Here's the fascinating device at work in a perhaps slightly too self-serious video ad for Arrow Electronics:
The actual device was built by Arthur Sacek who has used LEGOs to build everything from milling machines to clocks. He built the machine over the course of just four days, pulling an all-nighter at the very end in order to finish the machine in time to film the commercial. The whole process is documented in a great little behind the scenes video that gives you a look into exactly how much work goes into a project like this.
So the next time you fold up a plane by hand and toss it across the office, just remember that with only about a work-week's worth of hard work, you could always just build a machine to do it for you.
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