MachinePix Weekly #35

This week's most popular post was a peek inside a CT scanner 👩🏻‍⚕️ Next week's interview: the woman who ran New Product Introduction for Tesla ⚡️🚗

Volkswagen just announced a $14B battery deal, Daimler is on the record saying it’s stopping ICE development, and the Mustang, Hummer, and F150—the Holy Trinity of red-blooded macho vehicles—have all gone electric; it’s easy to say that EVs are inevitable.

This wasn’t the case at all in 2007 when Milo Werner joined strange little company called Tesla as a manufacturing engineer, where over the course of nine years she ended up running New Product Introduction for Powertrain and Vehicles including the Model S and X. She’ll be joining me in next week’s interview to talk about the challenges along the way!

The most popular post this week was a video of a CT scanner’s interior. I spent a lot of time trying to identify this model, and based on the bed design and enclosure shape, I believe it’s the CT 6000 iCT or the CT 5000.

I’m always looking for interesting people to interview, have anyone in mind?

Kane


The Week in Review

Closing the loop on the (more) popular scrap rebar straightening machine.


When I see something like this it feels hard to overstate how much efficiency solid-state and digital systems have added to ~everything~. These can be had at auction for a few hundred dollars.


It never ceases to amaze me how much nuance exists in masonry.


This is a fun whimsical machine—the true scale of industrial potatoes is wild.


Postscript

There’s a little tune I’ve hummed to myself for as long as I can remember, and it’s from a Buddhist chant box my grandmother had. I finally tracked one down, and it’s a quirky little single-purpose device:

If you enjoyed this newsletter, forward it to friends (and interesting enemies). I am always looking to connect with interesting people and learn about interesting machines—reach out.

—Kane