Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists (Google eBook)

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 8, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 368 pages
12 Reviews
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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Review: Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

User Review  - to'c - Goodreads

An excellent guide to motors, gears, and assembling things. Fun projects throughout give hands on experience at the lessons. The only thing missing, and it's a small thing, is more schematics ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Ahmed Elmogy - Goodreads

it's a very good book for who wants to begin with robotics and don't know where to start it covers all practical aspects of robotics concentrating on mechanical design and a little bit of electronics and programming "with arduino " i really recommend it to robotics beginners Read full review


How to Choose and Where to Find Them
Fastening and Joining Parts
4 Forces Friction and Torque Oh My
5 Mechanical and Electrical Power Work and Energy
Options for Creating and Controlling Motion
Bearings Couplers Gears Screws and Springs
8 Combining Simple Machines for Work and Fun
9 Making Things and Getting Things Made
10 Projects
BreadBoard Power and Arduino Primer
Getting Power to Your Breadboard
Arduino Primer

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About the author (2010)

Dustyn Roberts is a mechanical engineer, teacher, author, and perpetual student. She founded a consultancy, Dustyn Robots (, 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.

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