Working model of Stephenson's steam engine made of glass.

This Model of Stephenson's Steam Engine was made in 2008 by master glassblower Michal Zahradník.

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+43 1. Humes commented 12 years ago

Beautiful! Engieering and art combined!
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+23 2. Acquiesce commented 12 years ago

This is kinda sexual :P
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-6 3. irishgek commented 12 years ago

I know a few pot heads that would kill for one of those i'm sure they could do something with it ....
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+25 4. Burimi commented 12 years ago

Teacher to sleepy student:

Who invented Steam Engine.?

Student: What sir?


Yes its correct. JAMES WATT.
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+8 5. davor1387 commented 12 years ago

Wow! almost unreal with the precision and power it is outputting through glass, marvellous engineering.
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+4 6. imagic commented 12 years ago

who said glass is fragile ?
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-2 7. nomaddaf commented 12 years ago

#1 said it best !!!
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+4 8. sux2bu commented 12 years ago

I guess that is the pressure relief pop-off valve wired in place on top of the steam vessel,just for safety.
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-1 9. gouranga4ever commented 12 years ago

Wife: Will you turn that bastard thing off!
Me: No!
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+1 10. LQoQK commented 12 years ago

wonder how long till it breaks,
he should add some lubricants I just want to break this thing :@
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+1 11. Nifen commented 12 years ago

Not very feul efficient. But cool!
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0 12. davor1387 commented 12 years ago

#6 No one did...

Glass is more prone to fracturing than metal which bends. And on top of that, the slightest miscalculation in measurement when it comes to moving parts (not many) that is glass, it well shatter most of the time.
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0 13. ughlah commented 12 years ago

I never thought about how this works. Always thought: Steam is hot expanded water, so it must move those thingies somehow. Nice to see a glass model, where everything becomes so clear.

Great video!
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-1 14. Flox commented 12 years ago

#12 Really hard means that it will shatter easily, like glass. Although fragile means that it easily breaks.
The more you know ;)
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0 15. cretia commented 12 years ago

#13 it the pressure created by the steam that moves the piston ,just imagine your kettle boiling water with a plug at the spout . pressure would build until pop