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Creating a Gyroscope

  1. Aug 7, 2009 #1
    Hello guys, I am currently going through my undergrad in mech. engineering and i am taking a manufacturing process class and we are creating a gyroscope as one of the two projects for the course. The class is going to have a competition to see whose gyro would stay up the longest, and i was wondering if there is anything i can do to help me gain an advantage. The materials we are using are brass bearings, steel spindle, aluminum frame, and i think the ring and the circular object is made of steel as well. Not sure yet because it has only been one day of shop and i only made the spindle. Any input would be appreciated. If i can i will try and post up the specs of the gyro. Thanks. My TA said that a common arguement for the spindle is to either have a sharp point or a rounded point. the ends are filed at 60 degrees if that kind of help. but yea thanks alot.
     
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  3. Aug 8, 2009 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF. We ask a lot of questions here. To keep the gyro spinning the longest, what do you think you want to maximize and minimize in your design... ?
     
  4. Aug 8, 2009 #3
    well there isnt much i can change from the specs we are suppose to follow. There are just things like to be more careful when making the part i guess. Like when i was making the spindle my TA said i could have left the point a bit rounded off like a ball point pen, but some like to have it a sharp fine point. I was hoping to receive some insight like that. just minor tweaks or things i should look out for when creating the rest of my gyro. Thanks
     
  5. Oct 28, 2009 #4



    hi there....could u help me in designing the gyrocope...??i am undergraduate student and my project is to design and fabricate the mechanical gyroscope for laboratory use...could u give me some idea/design ??thanks...
     
  6. Oct 28, 2009 #5

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    We do not do your school project work for you here on the PF. What other research have you done so far? What different types of gyroscopes are there?
     
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