This huge Komatsu HD605-7 dumper truck, used in (open) mining is being transformed for a diesel engine into an electric vehicle.
The battery pack alone is 4,5 tons (8x a tesla model x battery) and it will draw a peek level of 3.000 amps during the 13% steep hills of the Swiss alps where it will be working in a cement factory / mine.
The most interesting thing is that the truck will be energy positive, by recharging itself (and more) during the descent of that hill, but now loaded with tons of material.
They are here, the megabots!
during the big Makerfaire 2017 in New York (the big brother of Eindhovenmakerfaire) this behomet was shown for the first time: version 3.0
The USA team chalanced Japan.
the the Japanese respond:
and now the fight is ON!
Coming to you September 2017
After two years of breakthrough science and engineering, MegaBots and Suidobashi are finally ready to bring the world the battle of the century. The all-new MegaBots Mk. III robot is a fully combat capable 12-ton, 430-horsepower steel crushing beast. Strap in and get ready. Things are about to get absurdly epic.
I love video’s from Veritasium.
In this video we are introduced to the world’s heaviest (calibrated) weight.
How well calibrated? On a total weight of 1.000.000 pound, they guaranty a maximum variation of 5 pounds….
You can find this contraption at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Also in this series a visit to the American Kilogram. As an European I find it funny that the American Pound starts off as a Kilogram 🙂
And while we are at it, I would like to also show you “the world roundest object”.
When talking about Elon Musk, one has to admit the guy is a millipede with an untamable amount of energy.
(Tip; the twitter handle BoredElonMusk is a gem !)
His latest focal point are TBM’s, aka Tunnel Boring Machines.
The company is called: “The Boring Company” and as with almost every company he starts, there’s a competition!
This time it’s a race (km/h) between a snail (Gary) and a TBM (Godot).
Musk also gave a TED talk about the subject of tunneling (ofcourse from an USA perspective).