Itís not every day you see something that makes your jaw drop, but today, while watching the video of the largest, most intricate Lego machine Iíve ever witnessed, mine did.
The machine, known as the Great Ball Contraption (GBC) was built by a Japanese mechanical engineer Akiyuki, in his house over the course of two years. Or a total of a whopping 600 hours in construction time.
The monstrous 5 by 21 feet (1.5 meters by 6.5 meters )machine boasts 17 modules that can process 500 balls for a length of 101.7 feet (31 meters) at a rate of one ball per second. I know, itís hard to wrap your head around it without checking out the video first.
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Itís not just the machineís enormous size that impresses fans, but the individual modules themselves, which are described as follows:
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