If you have a maker or aspiring maker in your life and they don't own this book, this should be your holiday gift to them. You won't just be giving them a book, but a fundamental education in machines and fabrication techniques that they will be able to use for the rest of their life. No, that's not an exaggeration.
In Making Things Move, Dustyn Roberts explains mechanical design principles and their applications in non-technical terms, using examples and a dozen topic-focused projects.
Some of the topics covered:
- Introductions to mechanisms and machines
- Finding and using materials such as metals, plastics, & wood
- Basic physics
- How to fasten and attach things in a bunch of different ways
- Info on different types of motors and how to use them
- Converting between rotary and linear motion
- Using off-the-shelf components
- A wide variety of fabrication techniques
- How to have things made, if you can't do it yourself
- A primer on Arduino micro-controllers
- There is even a section on automata!
This is an outstanding book with a ton of great information presented in a very accessible way. I believe it to be a classic-in-its-own time for makers. I wish I had owned it years ago!
Here is where you can order the book Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists.