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Haywired: Pointless (Yet Awesome) Projects for the Electronically Inclinedby Mike Rigsby
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3D printers have revolutionized the worlds of manufacturing, design, and art. But how does a person with little or no computer design experience create an object to print? The best way to learn is through hands-on experience. Professional engineer Mike Rigsby leads readers step-by-step through fourteen simple toy projects, each illustrated with screen caps of Autodesk 123D Design, the most common free 3D software available. The projects are later described using Sketchup, another free popular software package.
The toy projects in A Beginners Guide to 3D Printing start simple—a domino, nothing more than an extruded rectangle, a rectangular block. But soon you will be creating jewel boxes with lids, a baking powder submarine, interchangeable panels for a design-it-yourself miniature house, a simple train with expandable track, a multipiece airplane, a working paddleboat, and a rubber band-powered car. Finally, you will design, print, and assemble a Little Clicker, a noise making push toy with froggy eyes. Once trained in the basics, you will be able to embark on even more elaborate designs of your own creation.
Unless you live in a haunted house, the eyes on your paintings probably dont follow you around. However, with a couple of motion sensors, two motors, a few transistors, resistors, diodes, and wires you can convert a Van Gogh print into a macabre masterpiece with a mind of its own. Haywired proves that science can inspire odd contraptions. Create a Mona Lisa that smiles even wider when you approach it. Learn how to build and record a talking alarm, or craft your own talking greeting card. Construct a no-battery electric car toy that uses a super capacitor, or a flashlight that can be charged in minutes, then shine for 24 hours. Written for budding electronics hobbyists, author Mike Rigsby offers helpful hints on soldering, wire wrapping, and multimeter use. Each project is described in step-by-step detail with photographs and circuit diagrams. Includes Web sites listing suppliers and part numbers.
Demonstrating that not all science needs to be serious to be educational or worthwhile, the electrifying projects in this packed resource offer science enthusiasts and weekend workbench hobbyists odd creations that will amuse them for years to come. Helpful hints on soldering, wire wrapping, and multimeter use pair with step-by-step details and circuit diagrams to show garage electricians how to build projects such as a no-battery electric car toy and a flashlight that only needs minutes of charging to shine for 24 hours. The instructions in this book are clear and concise, and an index includes websites listing suppliers and part numbers.
About the Author
Mike Rigsby is a professional electrical engineer and the author of Amazing Rubber Band Cars. He has contributed to Byte, Circuit Cellar, Modern Electronics, Robotics Age, and other magazines.
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