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Custard Feature

My first custard-based invention
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I love water features that turn wheels and tip buckets. I also like toys where ball-bearings travel along stepped paths and trigger little events. If only they could be combined somehow and made into a piece of public art.

The main motive power comes from a bucket chain lift (what's the proper name?). The now lofty custard starts its slow liquid journey downwards through a series of water wheels and other such wonders. The wheels provide the power for the next stage - the angled vibrating plate.

As the custard pours onto the plate it is jostled stiff and begins to tumble off the plate down a series of bumpy paths, into chutes where it is accelerated and launched in graceful arcs. It finally makes its way to the model town square, where the now grit sized particled slide into eachother and slowly ooze down the highstreet and into the pool beyond where the viscosity monitor adds water as necessary.

marklar, Jan 08 2008

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       (-) yawn, bandwagon and proud of it.
jutta, Jan 08 2008
  

       It's not exactly a bandwagon that I've leaped upon, I feel this idea has merit, it's not just an excuse for custard. I have yet to find a need for jam and bees.   

       Judge a man not by his custard, but by that which he custards.   

       edit: Dammit, I've just thought of a jam & bees idea, I won't post it I promise.
marklar, Jan 08 2008
  

       If you change it so that it makes use of custard's (well, uncooked custard's) dilatant properties, ie change the idea from one which gratituously uses custard to one in which custard is intrisic, I will bun.   

       Until then, what jutta said.
dbmag9, Jan 08 2008
  

       I like it. Custard would become grit sized particle globs easier than other materials.
Spacecoyote, Jan 08 2008
  

       [dbmag9] It is intrinsic. I don't mean actual custard, it's just that it is understood that when you say custard you mean a (dilatant not thixotropic (thanks [bigsleep])) liquid that becomes a solid when agitated. Cornflour and water is the only one I personally know of but I'm sure there are much better ones.
marklar, Jan 09 2008
  

       A decorative public feature, such as you might find in a shopping centre/mall, which has things being turned, lifted, knocked over, etc by both a liquid and a solid. You could achieve a sililar effect by having a water feature that lifts ball bearings at various points and sets them off on their own little journey, but I prefer the idea of having a single working 'fluid'.
marklar, Jan 09 2008
  

       //sililar // sp. sillier (+ for this presumably unintentional malaprop, - for the idea, so neutral.)   

       Sounds more like creative art than invention, though the two are sometimes intermixed.
csea, Jan 09 2008
  

       Well, that's why it's in 'culture: art: sculpture'
marklar, Jan 09 2008
  

       Culture: Art: Sculpture, would make use of yoghurt, shirley?
4whom, Jan 09 2008
  

       As is gypsum.
4whom, Jan 09 2008
  

       Refrigeration too. Pah, wusses.
Texticle, Jan 09 2008
  

       I like this.
po, Jan 09 2008
  

       // a bucket chain lift (what's the proper name?)// If you mean a sort of continuous chain or belt that has buckets attached, and which raises water by filling the buckets at the bottom of their travel and tipping them out at the top (for example, by a sort of hinge mechanism), such as were used in Egypt for raising water for irrigating gardens (first recorded in about 8000BC), and which were often driven by mules, then I have no idea of the proper name.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 09 2008
  

       A bucket elevator.
Texticle, Jan 09 2008
  

       Trebucket?   
      
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