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Mechanical Design for the Stage by Alan Hendrickson

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Developing a Design Specification

Overview

It is impossible to design a machine for a task without knowing what that task is. This simple statement is so central to the whole design effort that it bears repeating. It is impossible to design a machine for a task without knowing what that task is. This means that it is essential to start off every mechanical design project with a clear definition of the goal of that project. What, exactly, is the effect that needs to happen? Walls shifting? Doors opening? A lift? A fly effect? The designer’s drawings will be the first source of this information of course, but there will be numerous questions those drawings will never answer. What bounds or limitations beyond what is shown in the set design are ...

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