Tom Luczycki

Head of Exhibits
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK 73072, USA

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  • "Extruded and Cell-cast acrylic sheet also have different properties when laser cutting/engraving.  From Epilog Laser's page:"Cast acrylic is ideal for engraving because it turns a frosty white color when engraved. Cast acrylic can be cut with a laser, but it will not result in flame-polished edges. This acrylic material is better suited for engraving."https://www.epiloglaser.com/how-it-works/applications/laser-cutting-acrylic/#:~:text=Cast%20acrylic%20is%20ideal%20for,is%20better%20suited%20for%20engraving."Extruded acrylic will cut cleanly and smoothly and will have a flame-polished edge when laser cut. But when it is engraved, instead of a frosted look you will have a clear engraving."TMYK"
    on: Explaining the Difference Between plexiglass and Plexiglas®
  • "From 1868:http://507movements.com/mm_386.html"
    on: A Clever Design for a Folding Ladder
  • "Great for making 20-sided polygons.  Even with a ruler, it would be extremely difficult if not impossible to perform any of these operations:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straightedge_and_compass_constructionThey ballyhoo that their device does not put a hole in the paper. That is not a bug, it is a feature.It does look great sitting on a desk, but I'll stick with my SUperbow"
    on: This Compass Features a Familiar Mechanism Similar to Camera Apertures
  • "Arguably the most famous aluminum suitcase is the one that killed Western actor Tom Mix when it hit him in the head after his '37 Cord Phaeton left the road outside of Tucson in 1940.http://ourrollingranchhouse.blogspot.com/2014/10/tom-mix-when-all-our-heros-were-cowboys.html"
    on: Pensa Tackles Aluminum Luggage Redesign for Zero Halliburton
  • "While the Aerocart has many thoughtful and well-designed features, there are reasons why the single-wheeled version has persisted.  Traversing across even a gentle slope is nigh impossible with a two-wheeled cart or barrow as the load's center of gravity will be shifted far enough downslope that it will spill (The tippy-ness of a traditional wheelbarrow in this situation is disingenuously depicted at 1:26 in the video, where the users is incorrectly lifting the load with a bent back, causing it not to be raised high enough for the uphill leg to clear the ground.)  The other reason to go with one-wheeled design is that it makes it easy to lay a path of planks over soft earth or even to bridge a gap.  In my opinion, the traditional wheelbarrow is meant to be battered and abused until repairs are no longer viable.  I may get an Aerocart for its useful features, but I doubt that I will ever be mixing concrete in it.  "
    on: A Smarter Design for a Wheelbarrow: The Multifunctional Worx Aerocart
  • "I will wager that the Vandalf cannot be passed."
    on: The Concours d'Lemons: A Purposely Horrific Car Show, Filled with Auto Design No-Nos
  • ""Long, long, ago, in a Galaxy far, far away..."  Comparatively, we are the future and still making the same mistakes they did.  "
    on: A Tour Inside the Millennium Falcon Reveals Horrible Interior Design
  • "Many states require that the operator run every articulation on the lift through its complete range of motion from the ground before operating from the basket.  This pre-flight check ensures that the driver will not get stranded 40' in the air mid-job.  These machine are subject to constant abuse, especially rental units (not just physical, think paint, plaster, etc.)  The control panel at ground level is also necessary should the driver become incapacitated."
    on: Today's Urban Design Observation: The Idiot-Proof Interface Design on These Motorized Lifts
  • "Never-mind!  He is cutting the end of the board not the face.  My bad.  I'm sold.  Carry on."
    on: Introducing the Shaper Origin, a Self-Correcting Router
  • "An industrial robot can be handy too, except that I could not figure out how to have it clean out the inside.  A blast from the past when I was working at the Detroit Science Center.  Actual time for the carving was about 2 minutes."
    on: Alternate Pumpkin Carving Method #3: With 60,000 PSI Waterjet
  • "Also coveting the utility shorts Der Widowmaker is wearing. Where might one score a pair of those stateside?"
    on: Two German Dudes Using Nifty Old-School Contraptions to Mill a Log Into Boards
  • "As much as I love the machines, I equally love the strategic removable post located in the floor between the bandsaw's off-feed table and the dual circular saw's infeed table that allows one person to easily transfer the wood from one to the other."
    on: Two German Dudes Using Nifty Old-School Contraptions to Mill a Log Into Boards
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