Book of the Week: Basic Machines and How They Work

By on June 5th, 2018 in book


 Learn about Basic Machines and How They Work
Learn about Basic Machines and How They Work

This week’s selection is “Basic Machines and How They Work” by the US Navy.

This short book is a very introductory tome on the most simple machines and mechanisms humans have discovered. The concepts portrayed include: 

  • Levers
  • Block and Tackle
  • Wheel and Axle
  • Inclined Plane and Wedge
  • Screw
  • Gear
  • Work
  • Power
  • Force and Pressure
  • Hydrostatics and Hydraulics
  • Machine Elements & Basic Mechanisms
  • Internal Combustion Engine
  • Power Trains

Trained engineers need not obtain this book, but it could be a tremendously simple introduction to basic and practical mechanisms, some of which are easily replicated on common 3D printers, if included in a project design. 

I should note that this short 128 page book is not new; it was published in 1997, making it 21 years old. However, as old as this book might be, the mechanical concepts are eternal, some being invented literally millennia ago. 

 An illustration from Basic Machines and How They Work
An illustration from Basic Machines and How They Work

The book is published by the Naval Education And Training Program, presumably to indoctrinate new sailors into the world of engineering. However, there is a distinct naval flavor throughout this book, demonstrating the importance of physical mechanisms in naval business. 

That is true for the Navy is also true for many other industries and applications, where machines perform useful tasks. 

One particularly attractive target for this book’s content is children, who might absorb the straightforward concepts as a first step into the world of machine design – and eventually 3D printing. 

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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!