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Cam Followers for Automata – Dug’s Tips 16

June 16, 2015 by · 7 Comments 

Viewed from the side, here is a cam mounted to an axle. The follower rides along the edge of the cam as it rotates. The bearing guides the cam follower shaft.Cams are the mechanisms that add life to our automata. As many people have noted, they can be viewed as a type of “memory” that allows the mechanism to perform the same motion over and over again. Cams can’t do it alone, however. Cams are usually paired with a cam follower that translates the shape of the rotating cam into a linear motion.  Let’s take a look at some practical cam follower designs. Read more

The Mechanicals at The Observatory

June 8, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Three Physical Jerks by Paul SpoonerThe Mechanicals exhibition is at The Observatory Science Centre until 31st August 2015.

The Observatory Science Centre
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

Admission Charges: Adults £8. Children £6.15. Concessions and Family Tickets also available.