Skill Set: Understanding Motors and Motion

We have another installment from Dustyn Roberts’ wonderful book, Making Things Move. In the last chapter, we covered “Introduction to Mechanisms and Machines.” Today, we look at motors and motion with “Chapter 6: Eeny Meeny, Miny, Motion: Options for Creating and Controlling Motion.” In this chapter, Dustyn covers the basics of how motors work, DC motors, AC motors, servo motors, stepper motors, linear actuators, methods of motor control, and more. There are also nine basic projects in the chapter which teach you various aspects of motor design, operation, and control.

BTW: On Dustyn’s book site, you can see videos demonstrating many of the projects. Above is an image from project 6-1: DIY Motor with Magnet. The Resources page for Chapter 6 is here.

Chapter 6: Eeny Meeny, Miny, Motion: Options for Creating and Controlling Motion [PDF, 1MB]



Join us tomorrow night (Wednesday, 6pm PDT/9pm EDT) for the fifth episode of Make: Live, our streaming show and tell! One of our guests will be Making Things Move author Dustyn Roberts.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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