On this episode of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Zap Me, I created a replica of Thor’s hammer using 3D printing and electroplating, and then I hit it with artificial lightning bolts to see if it catches fire. As one does.
Watch the video to see a music video featuring Thor and musical lightning bolts!
I built the hammer, and am the founder of the Tesla Orchestra – the musical tesla coil group featured in the video.
After the video went live, the Thor Hammer was raffled off to support Reinvented Magazine – a charity working to inspire young women to stay involved in science and engineering.
Special thanks to Allie of Geeky Faye, Rohan Akolkar, Emily Appelbaum, Alex Bate, Jack Black, Bleeptrack, Brenden Beecy, Matthew Canel, Alex at Cleveland Camera Rental, Dane & Nicole from 8 Bits and a Byte, Dave Darko, Chris Dickey, Andrew Dupuis, Zack Freedman, François Gast, George from Technically Woodworking, Colin Hickey, Matthew Hummel, Ingenuity Cleveland, Jennifer Karnik, Vin Karnik, John Kasunich, Etienne Massicotte, Ian Keating-Mullaney, Tyler Laseter, Caeley Looney, Mel, Erika Neola, Arkady Polinkovsky, Andrew Ratcliff, Reinvented Magazine, Marc Schaefermeyer, Simple Electronics, Steph from Uncommon Outpost, Tesla Orchestra, Testbild, and Wes from Geeksmithing