Rotary Box Contest
What’s this box for? It’s a solution in search
of a problem! Take a crack at suggesting
what could be stored inside. We’ll choose the winner on Sept. 1, 2013. The
best entry will receive software for designing
gears of any size plus a set of Woodpeckers
Setup Blocks. Both prizes are handy for designing and building gear-based projects. They're shown below.
Click any image to view a larger version.
Before you make your decision, however, let's take a look at what you're working with. As you can see, the doors
of the box open and close at the same
time. To open the box, you turn the gear on top of the box. This turns a larger gear hidden inside, which then turns six smaller
gears—one for each door.
What's the story behind this odd thing? Listen to the guy who first built it, John Hutchinson:
"My rotary box started out as a solution to a specific problem. Back when I
was playing poker with my buddies, someone suggested that we needed a fitting
storage container for our boys-night-out cigars. The box came to me in a flurry
of CAD calculations and sketching and was an instant hit.
Not for everybody, however. When
doctors and spouses pointed out that cigars are not necessarily the path to
true happiness, I reluctantly retired the box. It became nothing more than a conversation piece. As if the loss of a mission statement wasn’t enough, my fallen star slowly began to bind, warp and tear itself apart.
But hope springs
eternal. One day a pen collector and turner suggested that I revisit the
project as a home for his most-valued specimens. Eureka! My box had a new
reason for being. Redesigned, it could hold transparent pen tubes. I enlisted the help of my brother Pete, who is a stickler for
accuracy. Learning from my mistakes, he built a new box that still works fine.
My challenge to you is to come up with a more creative use for the box than merely storing pens. Something else could go in those tubes—or maybe you could ditch the tubes altogether. It certainly doesn't have to be practical. Any crazy suggestions are welcome!"
Click here to submit your suggestion. Good luck!