motors

6 Common Problems to Avoid When Building a Strandbeest

Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest has no doubt inspired many makers. Here’s some tips if you’d like to recreate your own.

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Don’t Throw Out That Broken Hoverboard — Salvage the Parts for a Project

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Hoverboard — Salvage the Parts for a Project

So your hoverboard is a fire hazard… Well, that doesn’t mean it’s good for nothing. Disassemble and cannibalize the parts for other projects.

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Turbocharge a Pencil Sharpener with an R/C Car Engine

Turbocharge a Pencil Sharpener with an R/C Car Engine

Wish your pencil sharpener had more power? Well, we’ve got the hack for you.

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The Simplest DC Motor in the World?

The Simplest DC Motor in the World?

AA battery + coil of wire + neodymium magnets = DC Motor!

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Visiting a Motor Factory in Shenzhen

Visiting a Motor Factory in Shenzhen

MAKE friend Akiba of Freaklabs visited a DC motor factory with some friends. Lotus is a medium sized motor manufacturer and the facility we visited manufactures DC motors. They have a separate facility to manufacture stepper motors as well, but we were not able to go to that factory. Once we arrived at the factory, […]

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Tinkering Over Time – An “Off-Grid” Conversation with Michael Cadwallader Owen

Tinkering Over Time – An “Off-Grid” Conversation with Michael Cadwallader Owen

A conversation with Michael Owen, a self-made maker, handyman, and tinkerer from NY state.

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