This chapter presents devices that make creative use of pneumatic systems: motorized compressors, remote-controlled valves, and pneumatic engines. All these devices take advantage of the fact that the pneumatic system has been designed to be customizable, and there’s almost no limit to potential modifications.
In this chapter, we’ll start by discussing the most basic and versatile devices and then move on to more sophisticated and specialized ones.
A compressor is a stand-alone mechanism that provides a continuous supply of pressurized air—for example, the massive air compressor you can find at the gas station (for reinflating tires) or the portable model you might use to inflate an air mattress. The ...