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‘3D printing and then lots of duct tape’: B.C. dad creates electronic candy dispensers for Halloween

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Necessity is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes, and one Ladner, B.C. dad has come up with innovative ways to make trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 pandemic as safe as possible.

Matt Reed has been building DIY creations in his garage that involve PVC pipe, a 3D printer, some duct tape and a little ingenuity.

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Among his creations is an automated candy dispenser that shoots treats out of the mouth of a dragon. Another dispenser consists of an elephant that shoots candy out of its trunk.

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“They both use the same drive mechanism, which is an auger that pushes the candy out,” Reed said. “So that, 3D printing and then lots of duct tape, a little bit of welding and then I build my own electrical circuits.”

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Calling himself the Redneck Engineer, as he is not a certified engineer, Reed has posted videos of his creations on YouTube.

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Reed said he wants to show people that with a little creativity, people can maintain some normalcy this Halloween by celebrating at a safe distance.

“You can still do these things and there are smart ways to do it,” he said. “You just have to invest a little bit… into it and you can make it happen.

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Reed has also created an online map of households that are following the BC Centre for Disease Control’s safe trick-or-treating guidelines.