• Oscillating fan
• Printers (Figure 10)
• Garage door openers
My Motor is Out of Gas!
Simple motors are often the starting point
for beginner builders as they allow us to
successfully get a project up and running.
However, as our skills increase, we should
remember how useful these motors can be and
include them when they fit the bill.
Do you have a specific motor that works
for you that you can share? Then, visit the DIY
Animatronics Forum at http://tinyurl
.com/qjeehjs and join the conversation. Your
suggestion may be just the thing someone else
needs to complete their project.
If you have a subject you would like to see
covered in a future article, please share that as
well. I want to cover things that you are
interested in and have questions about.
Until next month, MAY THE PASSION TO
BUILD BE WITH YOU! SV
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Tools N Tips
Oftentimes when assembling a mechanism, we are working in
very tight spaces. In fact, it can feel like we are trying to work on a ship
in a bottle. That is where this tool really comes in handy (Figure A).
The flexible shaft of this extended screwdriver allows it to reach
places that may be inaccessible otherwise. Having this tool in my belt
has rescued me from having to disassemble a mechanism in order to
tighten a single loose screw or remove a component. It has saved me
time and frustration!
You can purchase the shaft separately, or do as I did and get it
with the driver and a bit assortment as well. Mine was very reasonably
priced from Amazon at $17.99 (see Resources).
Figure A. Reaching around corners is no problem.