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I was watching the Netflix documentary Print the Legend on the rise of the home 3D printing industry today and lo and behold, there were Ben and Allison in the background of a shot at a maker faire or some other show.  Can't keep him from getting in front of a video camera.    Very interesting documentary by the way.  It caught my eye because of the tech aspect, but it's really a fascinating story about selling out your values.  Definitely worth the 100 minutes of your ...
I've been thinking about Ben's continual struggle to get a viable can crusher, and have come up with a great solution: The Power of Fuel.   Rather than burning out a solenoid or having an ultra high ratio gear system on a whimsy electric motor, I'd just get the power needed from a good old two stroke engine. You might think this would mean poor Ben would have to pull string start a lawnmower every time he finished his Diet Pepsi, but no! Personal experience shows that you can start a small ...