Make it or Break it - Marble Machine X Escapement Gates Part 1 

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This is the first episode in the mini series of the Escapement Marble Gate assembly. This is a true make it or break it moment for the Marble Machine X - if the new gates work - the machine will work. If they dont, I think I have to admit defeat. Enjoy! :) Martin

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Wintergatan 2
Wintergatan 2 Uukausi sitten
Update: A lot of feedback about Potential Dangers with Putting the Weld cable around your neck, due to Electromagnetic Fields. i have read up on it and although 5 minutes reading isnt giving a definitive answer as far as i could see, its of course better to not risk it. Also keep in mind that safety precautions are designed for fulltime welders, very different exposure compared to someone who welds only occasioannly. Although it is important that i am not spreading bad ideas, so from now i will not put the weldcable around my neck, and add a clarification in the next video, thanks for the feedback!
DeltaF1 27 päivää sitten
@Vykynger You know you can get skin cancer from the sun right?
GATORnowonYT Uukausi sitten
@Event Progenitor Actually the human body creates electric fields due to ions moving in and out of cells (action potentials etc.). These electric potentials are measured in mV (1/1000V). Now tell me a measurable magnetic field can be induced by a voltage of ca. 30mV while being insulated by polar water molecules? As someone above said, it`s not the “force” of electromagnetic radiation, it`s the energy dose means frequency and wavelength with which it is emitted per time. And I doubt there is a cable in this world emitting enough highly energetic rays to harm your body.
EdwardHowton Uukausi sitten
@Event Progenitor Insignificant ones, dipshit. We're not magnetic, otherwise MRI machines would tear us to pieces. And since an MRI has a much stronger magnetic field than some tiny single loop of copper wiring, it's complete horseshit that it would be "dangerous" to look it around your neck. The only way a power cable around your neck could be dangerous to your health is if you tied the ends to two cars and made them drive away from each other. Although in your case it wouldn't do any damage.
Event Progenitor
Event Progenitor Uukausi sitten
@EdwardHowton humans have magnetic fields.
Tomoko's Enterprize
Tomoko's Enterprize Uukausi sitten
I have been hanging my hot cables around my neck for well over 50 years with no disenable problems as a result of that practice. We are within inches of the weld all day long so no worries about the naysayers. Weld away and have a great day doing it. Wilson will certainty agree with me. See he is smiling at my comment, LOL. LIKE IT, I LOVE IT ! !
Mя NιиJɑ
Mя NιиJɑ Uukausi sitten
Hey I'm new here, can anyone tell me what this machine X 's ultimate goal is? I don't know what it is but it's very enjoyable to watch.😂
Mice-stro Uukausi sitten
turn on the argon, aaaaannddd boom
Devon Rossborough
Devon Rossborough Uukausi sitten
I'm so happy i found this man's normal marble machine video in my recommendations he has come so far on the marble machine x
Johnathan Hedgepeth
Johnathan Hedgepeth Uukausi sitten
I'm a welder of 10 years. I've put them around my neck multiple times. Haven't had any trouble but I also didn't have a cut in the cable. If there was an exposed wire there would be an issue. I would play it safe and not do it.
Nerdy Elsa
Nerdy Elsa Uukausi sitten
the twisting of the filler material was more satisfying than it has the right to be
Tekie 17
Tekie 17 Uukausi sitten
Only found your channel today, but having had some experience in mechanical engineering, I am impressed that, having been self taught CAD, you still took into account the properties of the machining process when designing the parts. (e.g. the dog bone cutouts to avoid the rounded corners) Quite the fascinating machine, cant wait to see more.
Dhruv C
Dhruv C Uukausi sitten
the law is wrong we learned the laws of thermal dynamics in science class lol nice reference tho
spacetree Uukausi sitten
are you from sweden becuse of you switch the W in your name with a normal v you get vintergatan wich is the name for "the milky way" in sweden but your name right now is a name of a swedish band. please answer
Timo Kreuzer
Timo Kreuzer Uukausi sitten
The rendering by Jeepster is insane. I couldn't believe this is not a video.
Dvulikiy Uukausi sitten
Sorry but: "Less heat = less distortion = WRONG" fiplace.info/loft/videot/a62od52Zw3raf5I
Marlene Degonish
Marlene Degonish Uukausi sitten
I believe in you!! Keep up the wonderful work! Xo
kyle mossi
kyle mossi Uukausi sitten
This guys dedication is god damn heroic.
Антон Бобров
You need cold welding!
Tomoko's Enterprize
Tomoko's Enterprize Uukausi sitten
As a welder/fabricator/machinist with over 50 years of experience I am always proud to see how your welding has progressed over the last couple of years. Self taught is a thing you can pat your back on. You are making better welds as time allows and I have seen far worse welds from licenced people with years of experience. Well done my friend. I would have you in my shop anytime, anywhere.
delwin penner
delwin penner Uukausi sitten
Caught the ice pick thermal dynamics bit aha
Westcoast Man
Westcoast Man Uukausi sitten
It's getting more and more boring... unfortunately. One more Fan lost of the idea of the ultimate marble machine
Martin Yankov
Martin Yankov Uukausi sitten
5:40 Can somebody help me with the maker or model of the welding chair? Thank you.
ThatKina Boi
ThatKina Boi Uukausi sitten
That’s a major lasers lol
tomvondeek Uukausi sitten
have... to watch... wintergatan...i rewatch it the 3rd time just while waiting for the next episode :D
fefersten Uukausi sitten
Oh I know 2:55 it's a gun
Tricky Uukausi sitten
You've earned yourself a new subscriber. 👍
﴾Λ͟rtificial﴿ Uukausi sitten
Gosh I love you
Anthony Uukausi sitten
Have you ever played the marble machine song on here? I may just check myself
Roger Lundström
Roger Lundström Uukausi sitten
When you weld without welding, it's called "Soldering".. You're welcome ;-)
MipMip Uukausi sitten
Tjena Martin! As I have been following you since the start I have a suggestion that you focus your energy on building one of each type of dropper first. Then tune them and check them before continuing building them all when you know all is ok. Viktor // KARLSTAD
Christian Hannabury
Christian Hannabury Uukausi sitten
As a mechanical engineer, I can confirm that is indeed the first law of thermodynamics! also regarding the weld cable around your neck, I drape it over my shoulder so it hangs down my back!
Anh Weinacht
Anh Weinacht Uukausi sitten
You might consider getting a large freestanding magnifying glass from a low-vision store if you have much more of the very small parts welding to do. It could spare your eyes
usvalve Uukausi sitten
Those renderings are brilliant. Hey, suppose you rendered the entire machine and added simulated sounds from the marbles, and.... oh, no, it's been done (fiplace.info/loft/videot/obB2eaGBon-prajN), hahahaha I'm only joking!
Zelle10 Uukausi sitten
marble machine z - everyone on earth will have made one piece. world peace will have happened then for years until some military or secret service mercenarys will have destroyed it. end of story, sleep well
Tommy Knockers
Tommy Knockers Uukausi sitten
If you want a mechanical engineer as pit support for your world tour... let me know and I'll send you my CV. I've worked with Nasa so i'm only 50% dumb.
POLICE STATE Uukausi sitten
man I have to stop watching this show, last night I was dreaming of making metal parts... the dream was way too weird to describe, the short version; I loaned my conga drums to my old high school, I told them to be careful loading them. Somehow I was roped in to helping the truck crew transport the music equipment to a show, they made a bad job of loading my congas... they broke the stands that my congas stood on, along the way to the gig we had to find a metal workshop that made parts that would hold the congas together... we found some metal workshop but their shop made huge metal parts. I put in an order, it came out all wrong, huge parts to hold up little congas... it was a dream, I was pulling my hair out... I have no hair. I can only, worriedly imagine the dreams you might have, elbow deep in your actual creation.
Javier Fletes
Javier Fletes Uukausi sitten
Jordan Larson
Jordan Larson Uukausi sitten
Yay more fabrication!
Andy Stevens
Andy Stevens Uukausi sitten
Okay, who else cheered out loud when the pieces snapped together?
Antony John Dennis
Antony John Dennis Uukausi sitten
*** RAT ALERT *** Hi Martin, loving your work. Did I see signs of hydraulicing in the video ?. when the tubes are busy, the marbles seem to slow down causing a backup. Because of the shallow angle, a pressure wave or vacuum could be happening. Consider drilling small air holes along the top to equalise the pressure in the tunnels 😎
Arcane Uukausi sitten
I've never seen metal snap fit like that, that was impressive!
Patrick Uukausi sitten
The snap fit tolerances of those steel parts is extremely impressive. Well done.
Kalpesh Wani
Kalpesh Wani Uukausi sitten
U r enthusiastic ....
Sievert Schreiber
Sievert Schreiber Uukausi sitten
Yes, it’s confirmed now. Martin is becoming more and more a teacher thanks to the info he gets from the MMX community. Which makes me appreciate the community even more than before. Gotta love the effort the (mostly anonymous) helpers put into this great project. ❤️👍👌
Андрей Кравцов
EEtransmit Uukausi sitten
Don’t mess up clearance and tolerance! 😛
TheFujac Uukausi sitten
Laser welding would've been perfect for these tiny parts.....if you can find a jeweller who'll let you into their workshop of course.... edit.....but you're pretty handy with that tig welder for sure...
beautifulsmall Uukausi sitten
Love the TIG brazing, working is a matter of perspective. snap fit steel, you have learned the tolerance of Tailors laser cutter, don't try that outside in the snow. A pleasure to watch.
MrLewooz Uukausi sitten
AAaaaaah Brazing ... finally.....AND just test the resistance of brazing you will be amazed!!!!
Anthony Hunt
Anthony Hunt Uukausi sitten
My dear Martin, please forgive my tone as I give you my advice/perspective on this particular video. Your opening and closing statements have really annoyed me. As an artist I well understand your quest for perfection. You are however fast becoming an engineer and not a musician. I in no way accuse you of this as I sense your creative integrity but each new design iteration appears to be every inch procrastination. You have had since over coming the marble run problem and the rouge marbles several satisfactory and workable gates/dividers and so forth. Please, for the love of god draw a line under the Marble X and take the sodding thing on tour now! In eighteen months you will have had a chance to tinker and redesign the whole machine. I fully understand that the clicking of marbles on the sensibilities of a musician is intolerable. I wager however that the audience will not notice at all. Consider the development of the electronic keyboard, from the humble beginnings as (I’m drawing an extremely long bow here,) the Ancient Greek water organ, the keyed harmonium, spinnets, virginals, harpsichords, grand and upright pianos, Moogs and so on. None of them truly perfect, excepting the piano which really is wonderful. But each leads to the next. Let the Marble X lead. I fear that you are about to give up on a working instrument, a brilliant conception that is yours and that is worthy. Martin the bloody thing works. Take it on tour, give it the thrashing it deserves and it may well surprise you. You can CAD and redesign with all of us between shows to your hearts content. Please, please I beg you give the Marble X to the world, who are much more forgiving of imperfection than engineers and artist! With deepest respect and wrathful admiration, Anthony
drstraange Uukausi sitten
So you've gotten rid of band mates and replaced them with the marble machine.....your my hero I thought I was pushing people away but you've replaced them entirely. Genius!
Eduardo Matos
Eduardo Matos Uukausi sitten
I never get tired of admitting how proud I feel about Martin and how happy watch the building of this masterpiece called Marble Machine X makes me!! Thank you Martin and all your team, you're simply making history!
Enji Bkk
Enji Bkk Uukausi sitten
That clicking and snapping is hugely satisfying :)
Dries Uukausi sitten
I love this channel!!!
jagaknot Uukausi sitten
Our Company used to order at Tailor Steel. We are currently facing Insolvency. Our now "Boss" denied to pay an open Bill of 400€ to TS, which is absolute nothing for us. Now TS denied further service (abolutely understandable). Now we have to rely on other Companies, who are at least double the Price. I really miss their Software to calculate like Martin said. Well done Mr. New Boss, by saving 400 Bugs while having multi million Euro Debt at whatever.
Las Aventuras del Joven Rappel
We don't believe you anymore when you say I'll leave if...😂😊
Woo Six
Woo Six Uukausi sitten
Woo Six
Woo Six Uukausi sitten
I will wait for the next par just because i want to know the 2nd law of thermodynamics
Aycanaro Uukausi sitten
EotOtho Uukausi sitten
Okay now you just need to get rid of the wood and exchange it with brass, it would look so good
PeckoKavgata Uukausi sitten
There is a way to clean your welding spots with TIG Brush. Just saying 😆
Part time Apologetic Enthusiast
Never give up
Turner Kilgore
Turner Kilgore Uukausi sitten
Yeeeesssss!!1!!! Oh I can’t wait to see the brass gear go on.
Everett Ariaz
Everett Ariaz Uukausi sitten
Never give up never back down i want to see you on tour
PjDarkr Uukausi sitten
Bless this man. And bless his monster machine baby.
EJ Felipe
EJ Felipe Uukausi sitten
I cant believe Martin is still considering on giving up when he has done a lot of work already. T_T
Endoe Kronic
Endoe Kronic Uukausi sitten
Did he just say he'll SCRAP every thing if it doesn't work!!! This will never be perfect and all the work it took now!! You're killing me!
lazzer408 Uukausi sitten
Put that tank on the floor before you drop it on the floor and shoot it through the wall.
Jae lee
Jae lee Uukausi sitten
Martin is going a fantastic job but I think it's time for him to ask for help from more people to help finish the project. Assemble a team to help him design, manufacture, video editing, and and thousands of other things that I sure he does himself. Good luck Martin.
Sam Gibbs
Sam Gibbs Uukausi sitten
Don't forget to play us some music please.
Florian T
Florian T Uukausi sitten
10:18 please try to align all pieces perfectly on the same axis, I'm not sure all have a good shape: -s
Liam Flynn
Liam Flynn Uukausi sitten
I wonder how much money has gone into this project
Jeff Juarez
Jeff Juarez Uukausi sitten
You need to buy yourself a bandsaw :)
MXI Rider餅
MXI Rider餅 Uukausi sitten
Like 4 Jimmy Diresta!😜
Jörgen Salomonsson
Jörgen Salomonsson Uukausi sitten
Kolla in panzer holts, oxtool , plywood med ljuddämpnings egenskaper
Kingcookie Uukausi sitten
The next evolution-ion of making the marble machine silent: Silicon marbles.
wtfpwnz0red Uukausi sitten
So satisfying. I love watching the progress
Noah H.
Noah H. Uukausi sitten
Wow. I just went back and watched the original marble machine video for the first time in too long, and after watching this series so much and seeing how well engineered it all is, the original marble machine seems so... DIY, for lack of a better term. I can't wait to see this finished product! Keep at it!
Silmarillion Uukausi sitten
@Wintergatan: Just in case you read this: *UNIT TESTING*. If you're going so far down the rabbit hole to completely re-engineer everything, then you need act like an engineer and build test rigs for sub components that can be tested. You should have ordered one of each gate and set them on a test rig that is not connected to the MMX to measure their edge cases instead of designing, building, and welding what is a test idea in situ. Jigs. You're spending a lot of money, time, and resources and you don't build simple jigs to make sure your engineered pieces are consistent. Do you not have a bandsaw yet? You're using a hacksaw to split pieces up? All that time using and physical effort with the hacksaw emotionally chains you further and further to define success/fail as time wasted if something fails. The overall topic is efficiency. You've moved well into becoming a designed/engineer, but you're missing the next part: prove the part before introducing it as an unknown to the whole system.
fireflynovember Uukausi sitten
Have you thought about using the heat shrink for the basket funnels as well? I don't know how well it would work on curved wire, but I remember there was a problem getting enough coating to sufficiently dampen the sound, whereas the heat shrink really provides quite a lot it seems..
David Mateu
David Mateu Uukausi sitten
What a super beautiful brass wheels!!! Love it
Trogdor Uukausi sitten
For cutting the silicon to different lengths, you should make a simple cutting tool. Luke Towan on youtube uses them for his dioramas he makes. Worth the investment!
NESSUNO Uukausi sitten
ElMakong Uukausi sitten
next time: dampening the metal on metal click sound on escapement wheel
Spyros Ls
Spyros Ls Uukausi sitten
The welding material might be a weak point. When you run the test, check if it remains the same or has cracks on it. Usually when welding you want both materials to melt and bond together.
longlakeshore Uukausi sitten
I had a chemistry prof at uni who called it "thermogoddammics" lol...
Dominic DiTanna
Dominic DiTanna Uukausi sitten
Nice work!
Lebensgott Uukausi sitten
John Meyer
John Meyer Uukausi sitten
i think you should get a spot welder
Dan Van Muizenberg
Dan Van Muizenberg Uukausi sitten
Silver solder would make a decent joint there as well, maybe with fewer points on the steampunk scale
H B Uukausi sitten
Absolutely love these videos. Can't wait to go to a concert.
kpt. Hak
kpt. Hak Uukausi sitten
11:17 did he just say: Sir Davos !?? himself tested this assembly. Wow!
selensewar Uukausi sitten
I wish you luck!
Snazzback Uukausi sitten
Martin, you will get on a lot better if you use both hands on the hacksaw..!
pixel lite
pixel lite Uukausi sitten
Ah ... I see the marble money machine runs and runs. You just build it over and over and over ... Congratulations, you are the new Chris Roberts!
Mom Uukausi sitten
I don't know why this popped up in my feed. Can someone explain me the use of this or the use for the machine?
Mom Uukausi sitten
@Noah Perdue thank you very much! It seems really interesting!
Noah Perdue
Noah Perdue Uukausi sitten
Here is a video series detailing it's construction, if you are interested. fiplace.info/to/PLLLYkE3G1HED6rW-bkliHbMroHYFf4ukv
Noah Perdue
Noah Perdue Uukausi sitten
The machine in the video is known as the Marble Machine X, or MMX. It's purpose is to play music by dropping marbles onto different instruments built into it, such as the drums, bass, and vibraphone. The thing being made in this video is the final iteration of the Marble Gate, the part of the MMX that drops said marbles onto said instruments.
Paul Ellwood
Paul Ellwood Uukausi sitten
You have come on such a long way as a designer and engineer during this project and I know it has been hard but you should be proud of yourself. I am proud of you.
koolgool Uukausi sitten
Gasp. Just realized the marble droppers are basically, visually, kinetic looking fingers. They’ve made it back on the machine, but with a solid mechanical function.
Olly Stedall
Olly Stedall Uukausi sitten
I can’t wait for the MarbleMachine XXX with the Cyber Trumpet and Drum Roll escapement!
LMF5000 Uukausi sitten
You should post a music video once you've finished all the pending assembly steps, I'm looking forward to hearing it run after all these upgrades. Who's with me?
SomebodyXp Uukausi sitten
What's the song being used at the beginning of the video?? I've wanted to listen to the full version for ages but I can never seem to find the name. I can't find it on Wintergarten's bandcamp nor their free download collection either...
patrycjusz sinkiewicz
patrycjusz sinkiewicz Uukausi sitten
Martin: The first rule of thermal-dynamics... The people that heard this rule for the first time: Let me check that
Freerider Uukausi sitten
9:02 Could definitely make a loop of that tapping part for some future videos for mixing with something more.
Nikolai Patrick
Nikolai Patrick Uukausi sitten
Your could try using a blowtorch and some brazing wire as it will be an even lower melting temp.