Thursday, July 28, 2011

Interlux Waterfront Challenge Sea Scout Project

Just as a reminder, environmental specialists, Clean Harbor, on their website say that 1 gallon of oil could contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water. Since we live by one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world that fact is of concern to us. So if we can develop a hand operated oil filter crusher to drain as much oil as possible out of the filter and then have the filter recycled as scrap steel we will  feel like we have really accomplished something.

Now it's time to put all our design ideas together and build a prototype of our used oil filter crusher.  The work shop offering to build it was super busy but we persuaded John Henry to help us with the "challenge".

The above picture shows the horizontal bottle jack with a cam drive on the piston. The jack pushes the plate to the right squeezing the oil filter (white). 

This picture shows the hand crank operation with the grating bars impinging on the filter.  Hopefully crushing it!

John Henry did a super job taking the concept drawings and turning them into a prototype.  John will finish welding the crusher up then the Sea Scouts can test it out.

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