6Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Motor: Options for Creating and Controlling Motion

The most important component of any moving system is an actuator, which is the thing that causes a mechanical system to move. Motors are the most common actuators, and as you’ll learn in this chapter, there are many different kinds to choose from for your projects. We’ll also cover a few other ways to create motion.

In previous chapters, you learned about force, torque, and power, so by now you have the tools to determine how strong your actuator must be for a specific task. We’ll use that information, along with other project-specific requirements, to help us narrow down the available options. This chapter covers a lot of information, so take it slow and don’t expect to ...

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