January 23rd, 2009

Dread Pirate

The Pirate Takes The Wheel (And The Wedge And The Screws...)

It is I, Dread Pirate E, taking over the blog today.

I invented a new machine for a school project and I wanted to show it to everyone. My assignment was to use six simple machines (wheel, screw, lever, pulley, inclined plane, and wedge) to make a complex machine of my own design.

The Cat Feeder
Design Engineer: Dread Pirate E
Construction Engineer: Weatherdude
Support Staff: Oz

The cats made me feel like people shouldn't have to get the food when their dish isn't full. A machine would help. It can really help lazy people not to have to get up on their feet when they don't want to.

When a cat plays with a cat toy the pulley string gets pulled and opens the lid. The cat food slides down the inclined plane into the food dish. A lever opens the top of the tube. The machine comes to the bowl by the wheel and axle and the cat will happily eat its food. The machine is held together with screws and the cat food tube is fit with two wedges.

My Cat Feeder with the cat toy above the pulley to show it. The cat toy would be on the ground.

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