When creating our Kickstarter video a few years ago, we had about 48 prototype T Connectors, and that's it. That left us building things, taking them apart, and building new things. We wanted to build things that showed how Maker Pipe could solve common creative problems. Thus, this bike cart was born.
First, we had to come up with a way to add wheels to this build, then we had to come up with a way to attach it to a bike, both problems that were solved by making 3D printed brackets (you can find the files for them at the bottom of the community post linked above). To allow the cart to move and flex more independently from the bike, we used rubber where it attaches to the bike. This worked very well and if we were to rebuild the cart today, we'd do the same thing.
This homebrewing cart was made by John Carter, Dave's brother-in-law, who loves making homemade beer. He wanted to make a more sophisticated setup, so he and Dave worked together to create this awesome cart. The frame was of course made with EMT and T Connectors, and 3 giant steel kettles were added as well as the burners below them and an electric pump to move liquid from one kettle to the next. It was plenty of fun to create and was well worth the cheers at its completion.
Meg, John's wife, also made an appearance in the Kickstarter video. She's a wonderful artist and has a technique for painting glass, which we built a camera cage to film and show. The frame was constructed with the same materials as the other builds, and had a whopping 6 GoPros on it! There were 7 cameras in total, if you count the...
The setup to film Meg's painting also included this electric sliding camera, which was powered by a stepper motor made with Arduino. The base was made with MPCNC parts that were adapted for this build. Overall, it worked pretty well with the exception of the skate bearings that we used as rollers, which made the setup less smooth than it could've been.
Meg also plays cannonball run in the Kickstarter video, a game we made for the video and brought with us to Maker Faires all over the country. Each person drops their "cannonball" down the ramps, and the ball that reaches the bottom first hits a button and turns on a light to display their victory! Young and older makers alike enjoyed this game, including @andystechgarage, a great educational page for young makers. It was great to see everyone having fun as their balls raced down the ramps.