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So, you've read and understood a basic practical electronics book likeMake: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery or programming an ardiunoGetting Started with Arduino (Make: Projects) and now you want to, as the book says, make things move.

Like the above books, this is an entry to medium level book. If you've struggled with concepts of materials, levers, motors and stuff; this book will give you the keys to open up the techniques and technologies that will help you.

It's very practical, but puts the theory in where it's needed in an understandable way. It's littered with diagrams and real world examples. Fortunately, this is not a book that has loads of pre-digested projects; instead you are given far more useful concepts and principles that you can apply to what it is you want to do.

I'm an artist that makes kinetic sculptures; I'm not a mechanic or a geek. This book was a perfect start and reference book. Recommended.
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on 8 May 2011
I have just finished reading this book and I am not sure what to say. I was really excited about this book and the concept behind it. I pre-ordered it from Amazon months before it was on sale and rushed straight into reading it when it finally arrived. The concept behind this book is as the title says... making things move. The book works through a series of different projects that you can make alongside the book. There is even a website to back up the book.

This book would be really good if you have had limited making skills or experience. It works through loads of different concepts such as linkages , leavers, friction etc... For me it was just a bit too been there got the t-shirt. Its not that it is a bad book, it is a really good book! If you have messed around with motors, gears, automata etc.. and are looking for the next step I wouldn't recommend it. However if you are starting off as a `Maker' I would really recommend it!
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I had great hopes for this book having read some of the reviews. However for me it failed to deliver much. Firstly it is clearly written with an American, rather than a global, audience in mind. A lot of the recommended suppliers for parts only have a presence in the USA, it uses of the imperial rather than the metric system, the quality of the black and white photography is poor in a lot of cases and some of the workshop practices are dubious and at least one is unsafe without protective gloves. Some of the projects are a bit misleading. For example Project 7.1 "make your own gears" gets you to design a gear using a cad package and then, rather than make your own as the title suggests, you order it from a fabrication house in the USA who makes it for you. Where the book scores is its simple, sometimes too simple, description of the theoretical aspects of engineering. To be honest most buyers would be better of using the money to buy some hand tools and making something or spending a bit more on the somewhat dated but excellent "Physical Computing" by O'Sullivan and Igoe and a decent book on Model Engineering such as Model Engineering a foundation course by Peter Wright. Lastly, this book claims to be about making. Part of the making ethos is recycling, yet this seems not to be mentioned. But there is much to be harvested from, for example, a broken microwave oven. Lots of screws, steel, a fair few meters of copper wire, a lovely synchronous 3-4 rpm motor....
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on 6 October 2014
There doesn't seem to be many other books for this topic so its difficult to compare but overall its okay. I have very little experience of making moving mechanical objects but I have to admit I don't feel I have learn't as much as I expected reading this book. I also found the book lacks inspiration inside; its very well presented but it didn't get my imagination spinning with ideas for projects. I think it will sit on the shelf and act as a good reference book for the future. Its easy to read and follow; you don't need to be technically minded to follow it making it accessible to everyone.
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on 25 July 2011
A typical American format/layout book.
The information is very similar to british school D&T sylabus books
of the last 20 yrs.
However there are 2 excellent chapters on formula,which simplifies
down to a very basic level using sketches.
The chapters using Arduino primer,and stepper motors should take
you towards understanding animatronics better.
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on 22 January 2016
with tips from 101 basic to more advanced across a whole range of subjects, a fascinating and helpful book
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on 23 January 2016
Just the ticket. excellent quality quick Delivery.
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on 9 April 2015
great book
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on 22 February 2016
Very good
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