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How Many Bindings Can a Brick Sustain?


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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted Apr 19 2013 - 01:08 PM

As anyone who has ever stepped on one knows from experience, the "automatic binding bricks" at the foundation of Lego-based construction can handle a lot of force. But just how many times can one brick be attached to another before it breaks? 37,112 times, according to original research by Phillipe Cantin. His blog of the experiment includes videos of the testing as well as the construction of the testing apparatus.View the full article
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Posted Apr 19 2013 - 02:01 PM

That's a tedious machine if ever I saw one.  Interesting, but ultimately a useless fact, and probably annoying for the guy to have that going 10 days straight. 


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Posted Apr 19 2013 - 02:40 PM

That's a tedious machine if ever I saw one.  Interesting, but ultimately a useless fact, and probably annoying for the guy to have that going 10 days straight. 

More like boring. :P

 

I wouldn't have the patience for that, but it's interesting to see someone actually doing this.


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Posted Apr 19 2013 - 07:22 PM

I thought it was pretty awesome. But that may be because I have an arduino, and am always on the lookout for cool hacks/projects.

 

And why not know something so trivial?  B-)


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Posted Apr 19 2013 - 07:34 PM

It seemed that those bricks were from the '70's and already had been used pretty extensively before the test (@ last video). I'm not even sure the number is valid. 


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Posted Apr 19 2013 - 10:45 PM

[font="Palatino;"]This is certainly an awesome experiment, but I can't help but think that this guy has a little too much time on his hands.[/font]
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Posted Apr 20 2013 - 11:44 AM

Very cool! I love the machine he built: it's simple, but it gets the job done. A very neat piece of engineering.


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Posted Apr 20 2013 - 02:52 PM

There's a joke about lime green pieces here somewhere, I just can't think of one.

 

Also, yeah, this person does probably have too much time on his hands. The number probably differs across bricks of different types, and depends on how violently you like to slam bricks together in the first place. It is kind of an interesting thought experiment, though.


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Posted Apr 20 2013 - 03:30 PM

There's a joke about lime green pieces here somewhere, I just can't think of one.

*cough cough* hahli *cough* 

 

Um, well, good to know!


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