The Uira Engine is a part of the guts from the Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship, which now resides in San Francisco’s Embarcadero. For Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, the engine was displayed by its designer, Alan Rorie. The engine consists of a series of cylinders that slowly rotate while emitting capacitive discharge that’s pleasing to the eye. Parts of this were handmade as well as produced from a CNC, and provided an important visual component to the rocket ship.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767053319 James Patrick

    All hand-made, by a robot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767053319 James Patrick

    All hand-made, by a robot.

  • Anonymous

    I was kind of expecting to see some footage of the “absolutely gorgeous” discharge that the summary and Alan (in the interview) mention.

  • Bryan Farrell

    how cool is that!

  • http://twitter.com/kompani101 Kompani

    All talk and no action.

  • http://twitter.com/kompani101 Kompani

    All talk and no action.

  • http://twitter.com/kompani101 Kompani

    All talk and no action.

  • http://twitter.com/michaelshiloh michaelshiloh

    “pleasing to the eye”?? That’s a little weak. It is a most awesome and unique visual display, quite unlike anything this jaded geek has seen, even in 50 years of mucking with electricity and 20 years of working with SRL.

    Seriously cool. Congratulations Alan and crew!

  • http://twitter.com/michaelshiloh michaelshiloh

    “pleasing to the eye”?? That’s a little weak. It is a most awesome and unique visual display, quite unlike anything this jaded geek has seen, even in 50 years of mucking with electricity and 20 years of working with SRL.

    Seriously cool. Congratulations Alan and crew!

  • http://twitter.com/michaelshiloh michaelshiloh

    “pleasing to the eye”? That’s a little weak.

    It is an awesome and unique visual display, quite unlike anything this geek has seen in 50 years of mucking with electricity and 20 years of working with SRL. That covers quite a few visual displays.

    It’s pretty hard to come up with a new visual display of electricity. Congratulations Alan and crew!

    • http://twitter.com/AlmostSci Alan Rorie

      Thanks for the kind words Michael.