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Jorge G.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 04:54 PM

Samurai and crank49 have it right, the kinetic energy of the blade has to go somewhere once the break engages. SS cleverly uses this energy to retract the blade.

Any alternative technology would have to preclude engaging the teeth of the blade to stop it, as I am sure Gass has completely covered this in his patent. Remember the guy is a patent lawyer and a PhD in physics, he is not stupid whatever else you think of him.

Having said that, we all know how the disc breaks in a car work. I am not an engineer so I don’t know how difficult this would be, but why not design something that acts like the breaks on a car, after all what we have is a spinning disc, just like in a car. Giving that the mass of a disc is so small I am sure break pads would be able to stop it pretty quick.

Carry on….this is my contribution. If you use my idea and invent one, you have to promise to sell it in Mexico… :-)

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