Produced by the Technology Enhancement programme (TEP), these materials help students to understand, design and prototype mechanisms (including levers, gears and linkages). The resource also supports students to work through some of the mathematical concepts involved in calculating gear ratio.
Students are challenged to make a series of mechanisms to meet specific design briefs:
- 'easy open' jar clamp
- pantograph engraver
- stone tumbling machine
- picture frame clamp
- wire frame automaton
Study files are also included and these allow students to research and practice important techniques and topics. The areas covered include: design, researching mechanical systems (including four bar linkage, cam and cam follower, crank-slider, friction, stiffness, electric motors, smart wire.