Adam Savage, from Mythbuster fame, is a well known maker. For a video sponsored by Starbucks he made an aeolipile – or Hero’s engine. The engine is powered by liquid nitrogen. According to the comments accompanying the video the idea was that the engine would drive a pulley system that would pour sweet cream into Adam’s glass of Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew.
When we saw the video we suddenly realised Adam used one of our 15x15mm profiles: OpenBeam!
Adam is known to build a lot of things using a wide variety of materials. It was a surprise to see him use OpenBeam. In the video he does not mention the use of OpenBeam, but it is clear to see.
Using our profiles in the way Adam did, has two advantages. First it is possible to divide the making of the machine into separate projects without having to worry about the whole. All the created elements can always be fastened to the framework anyway. The second advantage is coming from this first advantage. You can fully concentrate on making the machine, rather than having to start with building the outside. Our beams are great for prototyping or a proof of concept.
OpenBeam has the same size as MakerBeamXL, but has a lot more nooks and edges. Some have good use for these, others prefer the smooth look of MakerBeamXL. Since the profiles are both 15x15mm in diameter they can be used interchangeable.
MakerBeamXL will replace the black anodised OpenBeam Kossel longer lengths (750mm, 360mm) once these are out stock. The clear anodised version and the shorter lengths (600mm and 240mm) will not be replaced.
Due to disappointing sales we made the decision to stop selling the shorter lengths that are meant for building a Kossel printer. The 600mm OpenBeam black (100685 – already sold out) and clear (100832) anodised and the OpenBeam 240mm black (100641) and clear anodised (100809) are end of line.
For the longer lengths (750mm and 360mm) we made the decision to offer these lengths in MakerBeamXL black anodised. These MakerBeamXL Kossel lenghts will only be available in small numbers. The MakerBeamXL Kossel lengths will be put online once we are out of stock for the OpenBeam black (100696, 100674) and clear anodised (101563, 101552).
Peter made a Fischer Technik Unimog U400 strengthened with OpenBeam. Below you can see some pictures of Peter’s creation. On the blog of the Fischer Technik community you find more pictures and more info.
We share an office space with our colleagues from Wandy. One of them has two laptops but when in the office he wants to enjoy big screens. He wanted to place these screens higher than the added normal stands could provide. To optimise his workstation he turned to OpenBeam and created one computerstand to hold the two flatscreens. Here are some pictures.
A great project: a Liebherr crane made of Fischer Technik with OpenBeam used as reinforcement.
Peter Damen makes great items with Fischer Technik. Since he has known OpenBeam he uses OpenBeam to reinforce his projects. With this Liebherr crane he did the same. You can see where he used OpenBeam in these pictures below.
Clear OpenBeam for the longer lengths in the crane itself and pieces of black OpenBeam in the base.
You can read more about it and see more pictures on the fischer technik community website. Here is a link to Peter his project listed there.