Sheet Metal Alchemist was commissioned by Alton Brown to build several interactive stage pieces for his ~40 stop 2016 "Eat Your Science" Tour. The pieces centered on various ways of popping popcorn.
The largest and most notable piece - the #astropop - is a 15' tall Saturn V replica rocket which doubles as the world's largest air popcorn popper. Sheet Metal Alchemist performed the engineering design, fabrication, and delivery of the project for the tour. This commission pops the equivalent of 10 popcorn maker's worth of popcorn in ~2.5 minutes, then uses high pressure air to shoot the popcorn over the crowd.
A goldfinger style laser table was designed and fabricated to not only pop popcorn, but also use a focused cutting beam to theatrically destroy food. A snapchat story of the laser, later posted to facebook gathered over 700K views and 10K shares in under 1 week.
Lastly, a HERF cannon was constructed to transform a typical microwave into a focused cannon capable of popping popcorn at a distance.