A Stirling engine in a teacup

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A Stirling engine in a teacup

This attractive cup-perched craft project is actually a working papercraft model of a Stirling engine being sold by a Germany science novelty catalog. Sitting on your tea or coffee cup, the heat (or cold) from within will power the engine for up to an hour. The kit costs EUR21.90 (around US$30).

The Stirling engine kit – [via] Link
Human translation of the catalog copy – Link

6 thoughts on “A Stirling engine in a teacup

  1. bemdude says:

    This reminds me a good deal of the American Sterling Company, particularly it’s MM-5 kit: http://www.stirlingengine.com/ecommerce/product.tcl?usca_p=t&product_id=25
    It’s much more expensive, but also seems to be a bit sturdier. Anyone have any experience with this?

  2. Malic says:

    I’ve wrote Thinkgeek.com and asked them to look into carrying these in the US. I urge others to do the same!

  3. garethb2 says:

    That’s a great idea, Malic. I’ll do the same. I would definitely give these as Christmas presents.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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