Book of the Week: Motors for Makers

By on February 20th, 2018 in book

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 Motors for Makers
Motors for Makers

This week’s selection is “Motors for Makers” by Matthew Scarpino.

The 2016 book attempts to explain everything you need to know about using electrical motors in small projects. 

The book explains the differences, advantages and disadvantages of the major motor types, including stepper motors and servo motors, and DC and AC motors. 

One section I particularly liked was the motor selection flowchart, which asks the basic questions you should consider when deciding what kind of motor is optimal for a given project. 

 How to choose an electrical motor for your project
How to choose an electrical motor for your project

There is also an interesting section on the use of gearing mechanisms with motors, which is almost an inevitability within most projects. Motors simply go with gears. 

Scarpino also describes the major characteristics of motors, such as torque in an easy to understand way. After reading this, you should be able to understand the specifications of any electrical motor. 

There is also a significant section on power issues, explaining the different types of electricity that are often used in the various types of motors. Batteries and portable power supply options are also discussed. 

While this particular book is not on 3D printing per se, I think it could be of good interest to many Fabbaloo readers. 

Two reader types, I expect: those who are considering building their own desktop 3D printer or associated mechanisms that require electrical motors, and also those who are building projects with 3D printed parts: those projects very often require the installation of electrical motors.

Regardless of which reader type you might be, this book will tell you what you need to know about electrical motors. 

Via Amazon

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!