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How to Make Pinwheel Gears, One-Way Cranks and Worm Gears, by Marc Horovitz

Pinwheel gears are commonly used in automata. This book describes two methods of making them, step by step. Worms and worm gears for slow-speed action are described in detail, including a two-way worm. One-way cranks to prevent damage to automata are also covered. A description of how gears are used in a gravity-powered automaton finishes out the book. 

27 pages. This book is available only in downloadable PDF format.


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