9Making Things and Getting Things Made

Materials, components, and general fastening techniques were covered in earlier chapters. Here, we cover how to actually make something or get someone else (or a machine) to make it for you.

The process starts with a design—whether it’s a napkin sketch or a full 3D computer-generated assembly model. From there, some projects can be made by hand by sawing wood or putting together off-the-shelf components. Other projects lend themselves to modern rapid prototyping techniques that use digital files directly, including 3D printing and laser cutting. And some projects are suited to machining or other manufacturing techniques. Then you need to put everything together. Finally, since you don’t really make a sound ...

Get Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.