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    Elegant Design & Engineering: The UKS Universal Chain Connector

    As industrial designers, we’ve designed things that have rolled off of assembly lines. But something few of us think about are the actual conveyor belts. Medium- and heavy-duty conveyor belts are driven by what the industry calls round chains, as opposed to bicycle-like roller chains. These round chains are beefy and strong. Because the chain cannot be made with the links in a closed loop—it would be impossible to install or remove for maintenance–one of the links in the chain is a special removable one called, simply enough, a chain connector. These chain connectors have to  

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    Express Your Love With Candy And Engineering

    Still don’t have anything for Valentine’s Day? We wholeheartedly suggest that you fire up that printer and get ready to fall in love with engineering all over again, because [JBV Creative] has designed a super-sweet piece of machinery that would turn the gears of anyone’s heart. He calls this the most overly-engineered candy dispenser ever, and we have to agree. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. There’s no electronics at all in this elegant design, just purely mechanical, hand-cranked fun. Turning the crank does two things at once — it moves a little access panel back  

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