origami engine: Incredibly detailed tiny V8 motor made of paper revealed (and it really works)


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I love this little paper engine. What is most amazing to me is the fact that it was created all of a normal engine’s granular mechanisms out of paper, the cylinders are 5.5 mm in diameter and scotch tape used to reduce friction. The entire contraption is 32 mm long, 24 mm wide and 27 mm in length and it runs by squeezing air from balloon through the throttle .

Paper isn’t the first thing you reach for to build an engine, but someone crafted a tiny V8 engine using just that—and a bit of scotch tape.

A YouTube video shows the inner workings of a mini engine that runs on compressed air.

The V8 is small enough to fit in your hand and has a piston stroke of just 6 millimeters.


Aliaskei Zholner is the creator if the miniature piece of machinery that can be manually powered using a pair of fingers.

The cylinders are 5.5 mm in diameter and the scotch tape was used to reduce friction on the valves.

The entire contraption is 32 mm long, 24 mm wide and about 27 mm in length.

All the parts were meticulously hand-crafted to be just the right shape and size.

Zholner was able to recreated all of a normal engine’s granular mechanisms out of paper: the crankshaft, camshafts, pistons, connecting rods, spark plugs, and valves.

And each line and fold was perfectly done. 

The average internal combustion engine that can be found in most vehicles uses fuels and pistons to start moving.

And are constructed with metals like steel, cast iron, and aluminum.

In the video, Zholner shows how engine starts revving by simply squeezing air through the end of the balloon through the paper throttle.


In addition to the mini V8, he has other paper engines on his YouTube Channel – a V6 and throttle for a V8 and all work as well the regular machine made ones. 

A paper engine that works is impressive, but so is a paper bridge that can support some 2,374kg.

Last year marked the 45th anniversary of Land Rover’s Range Rover and to celebrate this milestone, the 6 million model of the car went to China to drive over a 16-ft paper bridge.

54,390 pieces of paper were used to construct the bridge.

The bridge, designed by environmental artist Steve Messam, took three days to build and was done without the use of glue or bolts. Instead engineers packed the paper tightly. 

And last December, packaging experts joined forces with Stratocaster authorities at Fender to create a playable guitar made out of cardboard.

The biggest challenge was building the perfect neck, which would have to withstand 250 lbs of torque.

The core was built to be as solid as possible, using closely packed layers of cardboards.

Then, it was hand cut by a Fender 'Master Builder.' 

FACTS ABOUT  THE MINI V8 ENGINE

The mini V8 engine is 32 mm long, 24 mm wide and about 27 mm tall.

It was constructed with paper and some scotch tape o reduce friction on the valves.

The engine is powered by compressed air that is squeezed out of a balloon through the paper throttle.

via DailyMail

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