Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby leesifer on Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:40 pm

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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Heloed on Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:43 pm

stutesman wrote:Added some power to that Up the Hump solution

Up The Hump http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=133064


I didn't wait long enough to see if yours actually made it.. didn't look like it was going to, so I 'fixed' it.

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=133388
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby stutesman on Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:20 pm

whoops sorry about that, wrong link.

heres one for Up the Stairs... it takes a while to settle at the end, but eventually does

Up The Stairs: http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=133831
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Heloed on Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:39 pm

stutesman wrote:whoops sorry about that, wrong link.

heres one for Up the Stairs... it takes a while to settle at the end, but eventually does

Up The Stairs: http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=133831


I like that you start with the winch wound backwards.. frees up a lot of space for a long chain
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:37 pm

heres one for Up the Stairs... it takes a while to settle at the end, but eventually does



Haha, that was ipecac. 2 times I thought it was going to settle and then I waited for it to inch forward and go again... thought for sure it was going to pull it off the edge before it was done.
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:15 am

A rough draft for back and forth. Not effective, but enough to show the thought process. Another level where I'm not optimistic about the workspace area, but maybe someone has a bright idea! :)

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=136144
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby renus on Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:38 am

leesifer wrote:Got the hump to work

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=133357



tweaked it so make it more stable at the end. http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=136346
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:15 am

This required more tweaking than I thought it would. Heh.

Down Under Boomerang.

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=136724
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:34 am

A better attempt at back and forth, shows promise. Someone might make this work.


http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=137460
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby jasonharper on Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:41 am

Darn it, I had a boomerang contraption that would at least occasionally solve Four Balls, but lost it when the power went out. Here's the basic outline, in case somebody else would like to recreate it...

Three balls roll down into a basket, with a lid that's propped up with a water rod. The fourth ball is actually part of the basket - that's the only kind of wheel that can be used, the regular sized ones won't fit in the goal.

A car, made as lightweight as practical, pulls the basket up a ramp towards the right. The lid falls shut, forcing the loose balls into a horizontal row, right on top of the wheel. The car eventually falls off the right side, dragging the basket into the goal behind it.

Meanwhile, there's a big, heavy, intentionally inefficient, left-moving car on a platform in the top half of the building area. The right end of the platform is lifted up by a crank (located under the ramp used by the right-moving car), to get it out of the way of the basket. The car pushes down a bridge ahead of it, to get it over the rolling balls. The car eventually falls off the left side; it trails a really, really long water rope behind it, also attached to the basket. Tweaking is needed to make sure that it doesn't reach the end of its rope until after the basket has reached the goal. A tug-of-war ensues, which the left car eventually wins because it's heavier.

The leftward movement might have been better done by a winch than a falling car.
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:27 am

Sounds really cool, and I messed with it a little, but I have to ask how you prop a lid open with a water rod. I keep losing balls from my basket and a lid would be key.
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby mnielsen on Wed Jul 30, 2008 5:59 am

This solution for higher is not mine. I nicked it from the overly complex solutions thread, but feel it really belongs here. It's the only perpetual boomerang so far, I believe.

http://fantasticcontraption.com/?designId=125154
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby jasonharper on Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:15 am

Went to rebuild at least the basket part of my Four Balls solution, ended up rebuilding the whole thing, and making it work more or less consistently this time: http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=139936

It's extremely slow on the return trip, and there's a rope break, but I think the tug-of-war would eventually be won by the left side even if the right car didn't detach.

Bleaigh! This was very annoying to work on, since the slightest change anywhere made EVERYTHING behave differently - even sub-parts with no connection at all to the change.
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:09 pm

That is ipecac! Definitely one of my favorite contraptions I've seen. Kudos!
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:55 pm

Bah... working on awash and I have to go get some work done. Various permutations of this design have done parts of what I want to do though. Possibly tweakable to boomerang. If you make the vehicle front heavy enough it will climb on to the little balls at the back when it hits the goal and flip over. The trouble is to tweak it so it's stable enough to climb over the balls behind it and catch in the workshop.

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=164321

Will work on it some more tonight!
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby sccook on Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:58 pm

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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby torquejunky on Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:22 pm

Here's one for Unpossible. It is not pretty, and it takes a while to get all the way back, but it gets the job done:
http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=169046
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:03 pm

Haha, I was wondering when someone would tackle unpossible. I was avoiding it until it was the last one left. Heh, good solve.
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby Digrae on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:20 am

Well, I fiddled and tweaked and I was sure I had solved Awash, but when I went to replay it, it didn't work again... now I get a different result every time I play this. Sometimes it boomerangs like it's supposed to, sometimes it falls out for a champion solution, and sometimes it flies right back through the workspace and falls off the other edge.

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=170612


Edit: Done with this level for now. Every time I tweak it to the point where it works, it only works some of the time. No matter what I do, the results don't repeat exactly. I'm calling this one good enough, since the solve is apparently variable.
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Re: Something new? (Boomerang Challenge)

Postby sccook on Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:17 pm

Up the Hump without a winch

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=177908

EDIT
Don't give up on the pink rectangle. It takes a while before it makes it back over the hump.
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