The recent pandemic that took the world by storm no doubt made us all find different solutions to keep up with the pace of life. And passing through a holiday season where people are accustomed to getting literally together in such conditions is honestly hard. Serving meals from a close distance? Not even worth to mention.
So this YouTube user @mrak_ripple has just designed a sort of trebuchet to put some mashed potato on his loved ones' plate while keeping the social distance. For the first eight minutes, you'll get to witness the construction process, in which he basically takes care of all the measurements and planning. He also introduces the 3D printed potato launcher pouch made out of resin and some squishy material out there.
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The first trials he had indoors did not prove so successful as the potato hit the ceiling and there were some problems with finding the right amount of payload weight to drop and make the trebuchet shoot the potatoes.
On day 3, he finally managed to perfectly shoot one 6 ft (1.8 m) away onto the plate but all the trials before did not appear very consistent. One goes up the air, for example, and falls behind the camera while another doesn't even move away from the trebuchet.
"There is still some room for improvement but follow along on the journey from raw material to mashed potato launching glory," mrak_ripple writes in the video's description.
People will most probably say that the mechanism is not a trebuchet as it lacks the string the user worries, however, he explains that he hadn't felt the need to include that as the payload was squishy and it was difficult to leave it at the right time.