WELCOME TO SCI-SPOT.COM'S MECHANICAL PROJECT SECTION.  THESE PROJECTS INVOLVE EVERYTHING FROM METALWORKING TO OPTICS TO ROBOTICS!  AS ALWAYS, EASY TO FIND MATERIALS AND LIMITED TOOLING ARE ALL THAT'S REQUIRED.  HAVE FUN!

 

 

BUILD A SCALE FROM AN OLD PANEL METER CAPABLE OF READING BELOW 1 MILLIGRAM.  DIGITAL READOUT AND LOW COST MAKE THIS A USEFUL PROJECT FOR JUST ABOUT ANYONE.
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BUILD A DEVICE THAT INTERFACES WITH YOUR COMPUTER TO EASILY MEASURE PROJECTILE VELOCITIES.  CONSTRUCTED EASILY AND INEXPENSIVELY WITH AN OLD COMPUTER MOUSE.
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BUILD A SIMPLE VACUFORMER AND DO VACUFORMING IN YOUR OWN HOME.  THIS MINIATURE DESIGN IS BUILT FROM SPARE PARTS, A HEAT GUN, AND A VACUUM CLEANER.  MAKE VIRTUALLY ANYTHING YOU CAN DREAM OF IN PLASTIC!
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BUILD A DYNAMOMETER FROM AN OLD SCROLL WHEEL MOUSE.  WILL GRAPH YOUR MOTORS POWER AND TORQUE OVER THE ENTIRE RPM RANGE.  BY FAR THE FASTEST AND CHEAPEST SOLUTION FOR MOTOR OUTPUT MEASUREMENTS.
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BUILD A MACHINE THAT CAN CONVERT COMPUTER MODELS INTO REAL PLASTIC OBJECTS.  BY CONVERTING A LOW COST INKJET PRINTER AND USING COMMON CHEMICALS, YOU CAN EXPLORE THE NEW AND CHALLENGING WORLD OF RAPID PROTOTYPING.
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BUILD A FLEXIBLE FIBER OPTIC BUNDLE CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING WHOLE IMAGES FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER.
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