Happy birthday Technochicken

By red1776
Jun 8, 2010
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  1. Happy birthday to the Mcguyver of Techspot :p:wave:
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,042   +84 Staff Member

    :) I'm a day late, but happy birthday. I hope it was enjoyable.
  3. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 2,057   +8

    A belated, Happy Birthday, Technochicken
  4. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    Thanks everyone! It was a good one.


    I'm not actually old enough to have seen that show while it was running, but thanks to the wikipedia article on it I sort of understand what you mean :p
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,867   +74

    Hey it was a compliment! I bet you could make a machine gun out of blender parts! and who carves a pumpkin like that!? :p:haha::wave:
  6. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I have not tried making that kind of weapon yet... maybe that will be my next project. Here's a teaser of my current project by the way:

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    As of today it has a more carbon fiber on it than it did in that picture. You can see the roll of CF in the bottom right corner- all 5 kilometers of it!
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,867   +74

    okay hold on here. need a little commentary. I see a bamboo bike, how does the carbon fiber come into play? looks really cool though "Techno Dean Anderson".
  8. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    The joints will be wrapped in a carbon fiber-epoxy composite. I am using CF tow, which is basically the string that is woven into carbon fiber cloth. Supposedly bamboo has great ride qualities- it absorbs bumps better than pure carbon fiber bikes, but is still stiff and light enough to be pretty fast. Some people use hemp fiber for the joints, which is easier to work with, but carbon fiber is just plain awesome.
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,867   +74

    okay, i get it. so how are you going to finish of the CF joints for aesthetics? or is that not a concern? and how did you come up with this idea? its really unique.
  10. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I'll probably do the CF in a matte finish, as I'm not really a fan of the high-gloss look. As for where I got the idea, there are a few companies who make these commercially, albeit for thousands of dollars each, and a number of individuals have done these as well, so I'm not even close to the first. Probably the most famous commercial maker is Calfee Design: http://www.calfeedesign.com/bamboo.htm
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,867   +74

    So then is it a resin type of filler (like fiberglass) they use to end up with a joint like this?

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  12. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    That one just uses hemp fiber and epoxy instead of CF and epoxy.
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,867   +74

    How long does Bamboo last in that type of application before it fails from fatigue?
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    I would guess pretty long either way, bamboo has a really high tensile strenth of about 1000lbs per square inch. That thing looks cool already.
  15. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    It should not fail from fatigue for a very long time, as long as you take care of it and don't leave it out in the rain. Apparently it is more crash tollerant than steel or aluminum as well.


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