Mechanical Devices for the Electronics Experimenter

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At last! The nuts and bolts of building robotics... MECHANICAL DEVICES FOR THE ELECTRONICS EXPERIMENTER Here's the book electronics experimenters have been waiting for... a how-to book for designing and fabricating the mechnical devices for motion and positioning in robotic applications-as well as others. Filled with easy-to-understand illustrations, this unique guide describes in detail how to: design robot propulsion systems; fabricate components for pneumatic systems; design simple hydraulic systems and motor ...

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Overview

At last! The nuts and bolts of building robotics... MECHANICAL DEVICES FOR THE ELECTRONICS EXPERIMENTER Here's the book electronics experimenters have been waiting for... a how-to book for designing and fabricating the mechnical devices for motion and positioning in robotic applications-as well as others. Filled with easy-to-understand illustrations, this unique guide describes in detail how to: design robot propulsion systems; fabricate components for pneumatic systems; design simple hydraulic systems and motor controller circuits; design and fabricate solenoids, gear trains and cams; adapt parts and components for use in electronics experiments. Harness the use of electromechanical forces with plenty of practical advice and applicable theoretical information. Explore the possiblities of ingenious invention...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070535473
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Basic mechanical principles 1
2 Sensors and control 37
3 Motors 45
4 Motor control 53
5 Stepper motors 59
6 Solenoids 75
7 Gears and pulleys 81
8 Other mechanical stuff 121
9 Pneumatic systems 145
10 Vacuum systems 167
11 Hydraulic systems 177
12 Wheeled vehicles 191
13 Arms, legs, and hands 215
Index 233
About the author 239
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Introduction

Projects that electronics experimenters undertake often have significant mechanical content in addition to their electronics content. In fact, for projects in the area of robotics, the electronics content is usually secondary to the mechanical content. There is a heavy emphasis on robotics applications, but this book is intended for all experimenters. Because it is intended for experimenters, this book contains ideas for things that can be tried out in a home shop. The analysis formulas and design rules provided are intended to give the reader a good foundation upon which to expandprimarily through experimentation and measurement. The formulas and design rules provided will not equip the reader to design a mechanism to a set of stringent specifications and then make precise analytic predictions as to how the finished mechanism will perform. These sorts of activities are the province of professional mechanical engineers-not amateur experimenters. A good strategy for using the information and ideas in this book consists of the following steps:

1. Design a little.
2. Build a little.
3. Test a little.
4. Repeat 1, 2, and 3 as needed.

Because the real fun comes from watching an original design evolve into a working reality, breaking the design, building, and testing into a series of small pieces reduces the wait between the fun parts.

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