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Popsicle Crane Update

Cutting a Popsicle Stick

 

Details, details details. Details seem to be everything, but sometimes you don’t even know the details you need to know. Since constructing the popsicle test tower I have learned a lot. Unfortunately, there is not yet a lot to show because I am working slow and methodically to do

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Constructing Popsicle Beams

Four 2 X 3 Popsicle Columns

In the last post I made some recommendations for tools and parts for electronics experimentation. I will do the same for popsicle construction, but there is a lot less to recommend.

Elmer’s Glue-All – Available almost everywhere. Because it is very important to the results of your project,

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The Popsicle Crane boom – Test 1.

Picture 1: All of the loads acting on the boom.

Over this long 3 day weekend I finally got the initial test tower completed and did some testing. In many ways it was my testing that failed and not the tower. There is a story often told in math class about the frog dying

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Buckling of the Popsicle Crane Boom

A beam buckling

We have put quite a bit of effort in understanding the forces on the crane boom. Now we need to start figuring out what we are going to do about them. (Refer to the post crane-boom-analysis-part-2) The fact that the whole boom is under compression loading explains a lot to me

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Crane Boom Analysis Part 2.

Picture 1: All of the loads acting on the boom.

This is a continuation of the last post and our attempt to understand the forces acting on a crane boom. The summary of where we left it was:

All of the forces along the boom will compress the boom. The boom weight and the

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A gross analysis of the forces on a crane boom

Picture 1. The top of a crane boom from some government archive pictures.

It is time for the rubber to meet the road on starting to figure out how to build the popsicle crane boom. As you know, I have been looking at many pictures and researching crane sites to try to understand what

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Some videos of Real Cranes & one note about electrical meters.

This is just a short post to kind of clean up a few loose ends. Besides, it is about time we had a “light” post. (Tastes great… less filling… something like that.)

Electrical:

First, I want to clear up something that was not said about the voltmeter. Most newer style meters use an amplifier inside

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A problem with scaling, and the popsicle stick project

Picture 1: Getting a feel for the strength of glued popsicle sticks

The whole idea of working with popsicle sticks was that they are relatively inexpensive and require little work space. I thought that it may be helpful to people little money and space to work with something to get some experience designing and

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