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New Project: Steam-Powered BoilerBot

Build your own steam-powered vibrabot, featuring a self-contained steam boiler/engine, eccentrically weighted flywheel, and wire bristle "treads".

New Project: Steam-Powered BoilerBot

You may be familiar with the battery-powered, pager motor-driven, toothbrush head bristle bot. This project turns that modern classic into a retro-fantastic, Steampunk delight by replacing the battery with a fire stoked steam boiler, the pager motor with a single-action, oscillating piston steam engine, and the toothbrush head with a pair of wire brushes!

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works in CG animation at DisneyToon Studios and writes for Make, Boing Boing, and other places online and in print. You can find him at jpixl.net and twitter @johnedgarpark -- if you like that sort of thing.


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