Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

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By (author) Dustyn Roberts

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  • Publisher: TAB Books Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 23mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 8 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0071741674
  • ISBN 13: 9780071741675
  • Sales rank: 51,536

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Get Your Move On! In Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists, you'll learn how to successfully build moving mechanisms through non-technical explanations, examples, and do-it-yourself projects--from kinetic art installations to creative toys to energy-harvesting devices. Photographs, illustrations, screen shots, and images of 3D models are included for each project. This unique resource emphasizes using off-the-shelf components, readily available materials, and accessible fabrication techniques. Simple projects give you hands-on practice applying the skills covered in each chapter, and more complex projects at the end of the book incorporate topics from multiple chapters. Turn your imaginative ideas into reality with help from this practical, inventive guide. Discover how to: Find and select materials Fasten and join parts Measure force, friction, and torque Understand mechanical and electrical power, work, and energy Create and control motion Work with bearings, couplers, gears, screws, and springs Combine simple machines for work and fun Projects include: Rube Goldberg breakfast machine Mousetrap powered car DIY motor with magnet wire Motor direction and speed control Designing and fabricating spur gears Animated creations in paper An interactive rotating platform Small vertical axis wind turbine SADbot: the seasonally affected drawing robot Make Great Stuff! TAB, an imprint of McGraw-Hill Professional, is a leading publisher of DIY technology books for makers, hackers, and electronics hobbyists.

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Dustyn Roberts is a mechanical engineer, teacher, author, and perpetual student. She founded a consultancy, Dustyn Robots (www.dustynrobots.com), and developed a course for NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) called Mechanisms and Things That Move. Dustyn holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Biomechanics from the University of Delaware, and is working on a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at NYU-Poly.

Table of contents

1 Introduction to Mechanisms and Machines 2 Materials: How to Choose and Where to Find Them 3 Screw It or Glue It: Fastening and Joining Parts 4 Forces, Friction and Torque (Oh My) 5 Mechanical and Electrical Power, Work, and Energy 6 Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Motor: Options for Creating and Controlling Motion 7 The Guts: Bearings, Couplers, Gears, Screws, and Springs 8 Combining Simple Machines for Work and Fun 9 Making Things and Getting Things Made 10 Projects Appendix: BreadBoard Power and Arduino Primer Index