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oscillation motion from DC motor (computer fan)

I intend to make an oscillating motion from a simple computer DC fan (say 5V). My question is: could a signal generator with a sinusoidal signal of (say voltage 5V and frequency of 5 Hz) be used to ...
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Ball and Socket Wheel Concept

I am sure you all remember those prehistoric computer mouses that had a ball under it. I'm looking for any points and tips on how to create a ball and socket wheel that has an almost frictionless ...
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Spring Industry Naming Convention

I am currently prototyping a part for a personal project. My CAD design was contracted out and there are some off the shelf parts that I need to order per the design (springs, screws, etc.). My ...
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Buckingham-Pi Dimensional Analysis when there is a non-dimensional parameter: How is it accounted for?

I am in the process of completing a design project for my fluids course in which Buckingham-Pi /Dimensional Analysis is needed to find the optimal parameters needed to achieve a rotational rate of 120 ...
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What metal thickness and/or type is needed to support 100kg load?

I'm making a prototype that will have some load cells mounted approximately where the arrows are pointed in the image. The prototype will hold up to 100kg of load/force in the marked location thus I ...
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Mechanical tolerances on a CNC machine

I have a project which involving several mating parts and also shaft guided through bearings, my issue here is that I don't have much experience with tolerances and manufacturing processes and I ...
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Prototype for Injection Molding

Mold for Injection Molding is very expensive and is justified for mass production. However, at Prototype stage, how we make the same part with less expensive method. I know 3D Printing is a way but ...
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How to measure the inertia of an object using a motor

first time on this board even if I've been lurking for a while. I'm a tennis racquet technician and, for the sake of saving some money and just for the fun of it, I'm trying to build a machine that ...
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What type of plastic is a good clear, flexible plastic for prototyping? (~0.5mm - 1.5mm thick)

I'm prototyping a hardware that involves many thin walls to bend around curves and such, so it needs to be flexible, cheap, and also transparent. It may also be the same plastic used in a production ...
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How to prevent an object doing a full rotation on a shaft

I basically need a block on a shaft to rotate between 90 degrees (vertical) and approximately 180 degrees (horizontal) counterclockwise on a shaft. I don't want the part to fall below 180 degrees. At ...
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How to retrofit seed starting trays to prevent root circling

I grow plum trees from pits using seed starting trays: Unfortunately, I have a problem where the roots of the seedlings grow in circles around the bottom of the cavities of the trays. The circling ...
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Understanding metalwork manufacture — How are Purchase Quotations prepared?

I have been involved with a number of metalwork design projects lately and I'm increasingly finding myself asking for quotations for small prototype runs (often one-off jobs) to verify the validity of ...
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How to cut Silicone and leave smooth edges?

We've got drawings for a prototype that we're trying to mimic by altering an original mold of the product. For us to mold it would be quite expensive to just test it to see if it works or not. We're ...
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I am looking for some basic mechanical parts to build structures(prototypes)?

I am looking for something like this to make my robot ideas as prototype. But I don't know it's name! Also if there are better options I will happy to know.
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General purpose automated assembly?

I've been using 3d printers for prototyping for a long time, and I'll admit it's incredibly convenient to be able to throw together a CAD model, send it to the printer, and have it ready to assemble ...
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What's the name for a kind of gear that slips tightly over the top of another gear and can drive the gear it's surrounding?

What's the name for a kind of gear that slips over the top of another gear and can drive/turn the gear it's surrounding? I'm making a handcranked flashlight with my 7 year old. We're thinking of ...
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Converting rotary motion to linear motion (door for sliding trash can)

I have one of these slide-out trash cans: I want the trash can to slide out with the door being opened and slide in with the door being closed. I'm thinking of a method to convert the door opening ...
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Prototyping tubular components

I'd like to mock up a quick prototype of a chassis assembly for a type of cart, which, in production, would be composed of CNC bent aluminum extrusions (hollow, approximately 5/8" circular profile), ...
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What is the process called for up-sizing a proof-of-concept prototype to full-scale?

What is the process called when you upscale your proof of concept to a full size prototype? For example a traffic light circuit using LEDs to fill size lights and power supply? That is if the term ...
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How can I attach a rotary encoder to a retractable dog lead?

I need to know how I can attach a rotary encoder to something string/wire that I can pull and it retracts automatically My idea was to take apart a retractable dog lead leash and affix it to it ...
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How can I attach a rotary encoder to a retractable string/wire? [duplicate]

I need to know how I can attach a rotary encoder to something string/wire that I can pull and it retracts automatically My idea was to take apart a retractable dog lead leash and affix it to it ...
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How do you make a 3D print with an accurately aligned bore hole?

I am printing a wheel with a 2.5mm hole in the middle to accept a shaft of a motor with a set screw. The problem I am having is that the wheel is always wobbly when spinning (sometimes more, sometimes ...