Some Assembly Required9 videos Get your feet wet and hands dirty in this show about practical engineering from your garage. This series was sponsored by Autodesk.
Play video Episode 1: Build and Ride a Hovercraft
Episode 1: Build and Ride a Hovercraft
In this first episode, we show you how to build a hovercraft you can ride using plywood, a lawn chair, a shower curtain, and powered by a leaf blower.
Play video Episode 2: Build a Self-Propelled Hovercraft
Episode 2: Build a Self-Propelled Hovercraft
In this episode, we attempt 3 different propulsion ideas on a home-made hovercraft built with just plywood, a lawn chair and a shower curtain. It turns out that propulsion is easier than steering.
Play video Episode 3: Squirrel Defense Engineering
Episode 3: Squirrel Defense Engineering
We build a squirrel-proof bird feeder engineered to thwart a ground assault and make an aerial squirrel attack next to impossible. Will it work?
Play video Episode 4: Build a Giant Air Cannon
Episode 4: Build a Giant Air Cannon
Torben generates a remarkable long-distance blast with this giant air cannon. See how to build your own in this high-energy episode of Some Assembly Required.
Play video Episode 5: Publish Your 3D Model to an iPad
Episode 5: Publish Your 3D Model to an iPad
In this episode, Torben shows how viewers can publish their own CAD models into the iPad 3D instruction sets shown on Some Assembly Required. CAD formats supported include Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, Pro/E and most other major CAD packages.
Play video Episode 6: Some Instructions Required
Episode 6: Some Instructions Required
Create your own 3D instruction sets, suitable for sharing with colleagues or customers. Starting with a CAD model, Torben shows a step-by-step process that delivers an interactive set of instructions that are easy to follow.
Play video Episode 7: Building a Temporary Bridge from Cardboard
Episode 7: Building a Temporary Bridge from Cardboard
Shawn builds a cardboard bridge for temporary use, in this case crossing a kiddy pool of vicious crocodiles. Check to see whether his bridge carries him safely, or whether he takes a plunge.
Play video Episode 8: Build a Fruit-Slinging Trebuchet
Episode 8: Build a Fruit-Slinging Trebuchet
Who can honestly say that they don't need a trebuchet for home defense? In this episode of Some Assembly Required, Shawn Wasserman designs and builds a trebuchet big enough to throw a pumpkin. Warning - graphic images of exploding fruit.
Play video Episode 9: Simulating a Wind Tunnel
Episode 9: Simulating a Wind Tunnel
Shawn uses a wind tunnel app and help from a ski coach to analyze his ski aerodynamics. He then designs a low-drag helmet. Watch to see how big a difference it makes to the drag coefficient.