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Alex Leitch's awesome flamin' rainbows gun.

Alex Leitch's awesome flamin' rainbows gun.

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  • The rainbow gun taught me that if you have a insane enough idea, someone will probably want to help.\n\nApplying for the awesome foundation grant was very easy and low pressure - a google form. I wouldn't have done it otherwise, because grants are bullshit. You have to do way too much work convincing arts administrators that the art is a good idea, and even then, they'd rather give the money to a safe bet. Anyone would. Research grants don't guarantee results, because they're for research: the awesome foundation is clever that way. They just want to make things more interesting, with plausible deniability on top.\n
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The Rainbow Gun The Rainbow Gun Presentation Transcript

  • "Hosed with methanol would beThe Rainbow Gun a non-optimal result."
  • Detroit Maker Faire SquadSuper Street Fire 2011 Site 3 Fire Arts
  • As you can see, there is It is the colour of burning. only one colour.
  • Project Idea • Make coloured fire less dangerous. • Change colour of fire on the fly. • Use to produce even more awesome gouts of fire, everywhere.
  • Via the Internet Flame Test
  • Useful for knowing what you arentEarly concept art going to get.
  • What the pretty drawing looks like in prototyping.Portrait of a surl.
  • Fuel Injectors These work but clog badly.
  • Original colour switches Beautiful yet impractical.
  • More recent concept art.Note dramatic simplification.
  • Incremental Improvement But awesome. is Expensive.
  • Eventually I gave upHand milled aluminum and made it beautiful, even though it meant and brass blowing the deadline.
  • Tools learned overeight months...Router, hand saw, table saw chopsaw, hammer, mallet, other mallet,drill, cordless drill, bit, countersinkbit, plate bit, hole saw, table router,pencil, ruler, carpenters square,mill, lathe, rasp, belt sander,multimeter, cable stripper, grinder,3D printer, laser cutter, prototyping,The Internet, MSDS.
  • Conclusions jumpedto...• Testing proves it works• It is very beautiful• It is heinously dangerous, though a lot less than people think, and for different reasons.• Project completion date is fall 2012• Prototyping is expensive. Rapid prototyping is more expensive, faster.
  • Thank Yous• The Awesome Foundation! This would not be possible without people laughingly handing over a sack of money for a dream of questionable repute.• The Firefly Festival for giving me somewhere to exhibit.• Mariko Tamaki, Doug Speck, Erika Kiessner, Seth Hardy, my wonderfully patient urban family, and all of Site 3 coLaboratory. (http:// www.site3.ca) Home sweet gnome.
  • @aeleitchQuestions or feedback? site3.ca alexleitch.com