Making Sheet Metal Toys

After the “Ghost” post I did a little more research on sheet metal toys for an upcoming post on sheet metal fabrication I’ve been working on for the “Let’s Build” series. I thought that I would share the videos I found. Here’s a video of the entire process.

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Pratt’s New Engine, The PW1000g

Pratt has finally completed it’s geared bypass engine for commercial aircraft. The development for this engine has been going on for a long time. There are reasons for that.  Some of it’s FAA red tape. The biggest part though, is the expected long life of the engines themselves.

It’s not like the old days where you did all your development in a backshop. Of course the aircraft aren’t enlarged kites anymore either.

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The End Of Moore’s Law On The Streets Of Shenzhen

Bunnie Huang goes shopping in Shenzhen.

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/08/features/moores-law/viewall

He makes some very good points about how the end of Moore’s law has come for processor speed.  The end of shrinking the gate size is coming shortly as well.  Not necessarily because the physics don’t work but because the machines to make the transistors will have gotten prohibitively expensive.  It seems that there was another exponential in Moore’s law.

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Building A F/A 18 Super Hornet

Interesting timelapse.

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/watch-boeing-build-an-entire-f-a-18f-super-hornet-in-th-1750808857

With all the teething problems the F35 is having and the extra costs involved it would pay to maintain the line even at a skeleton level. The problem is that that the way these things work out, once a line shuts down, it’s scrapped and gone, tooling, fixtures and all.  Which has always struck me as a stupid way to do things, but the military doesn’t seem to want to make sure that reserve funding is kept to keep lines in storage even for operational aircraft once production stops.

Portfolio Of A Dying Industry

A wonderful gallery of photographs of the American textile industry.

http://www.chrispaynephoto.com/textiles1/

It’s easy to see that, regardless of the obviously proud and dedicated people working in those factories that the industry is slowly dying.  Like so many it’s being strangled by a leadership class taxing everything that moves for money to spend on their own offices and privileges and hand out to the favored people.

H/T Messy Nessy.

Unexpected Beauty Hiding inside America’s Last Fabric Factories

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