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Using Arduino => Motors, Mechanics, and Power => Topic started by: SpencerH on Mar 15, 2011, 04:42 pm

Title: Good old mechanical design
Post by: SpencerH on Mar 15, 2011, 04:42 pm
I came across some old videos on Engadget about old fashioned mechanical design.
This particular one is about some old balistics computer. And by using cams etc. it calculates quite a lot of things.
Anyways I thought it might be cool as most of us are quite spoiled with microcontrollers.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/14/us-navy-explains-basic-mechanical-principles-of-a-fire-control-c/
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: 0AlphaOmega on Jan 24, 2013, 11:13 pm
Subtle :)
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: kf2qd on Jan 25, 2013, 12:37 am
Yep, the old ANALOG COMPUTERS. Also used in submarines during WWII for setting up torpedos. Turned all the knobs and set all the dials and made teh mechanical setting in the torpedo and then it was launched.
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: retrolefty on Jan 25, 2013, 02:58 am
Speaking of analog computers, many don't know that Heathkit's first computer offering wasn't a digital one but rather a analog one:

http://archive.computerhistory.org/resources/text/Heath/Heath.Analog.1956.102646297.pdf

Lefty
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: mowcius on Jan 25, 2013, 05:49 am
Umm, why's this in my notify list? ;)

Interesting reading but I swear it's the first time I've seen it...
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: mowcius on Jan 25, 2013, 05:51 am
Oh, it's like 2 years old, maybe I did read it back in 2011!
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: 0AlphaOmega on Jan 25, 2013, 10:51 am
Heathkit!??? Whatever happened to them? That's a blast from the past! I used to have a Heathkit single trace scope
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: retrolefty on Jan 25, 2013, 02:53 pm

Oh, it's like 2 years old, maybe I did read it back in 2011!


Memory is the first thing to go with age.  ;)
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: Chagrin on Jan 25, 2013, 10:44 pm

Speaking of analog computers, many don't know that Heathkit's first computer offering wasn't a digital one but rather a analog one:

http://archive.computerhistory.org/resources/text/Heath/Heath.Analog.1956.102646297.pdf


The voltages in that thing scare me.
Title: Re: Good old mechanical design
Post by: retrolefty on Jan 26, 2013, 12:42 am


Speaking of analog computers, many don't know that Heathkit's first computer offering wasn't a digital one but rather a analog one:

http://archive.computerhistory.org/resources/text/Heath/Heath.Analog.1956.102646297.pdf


The voltages in that thing scare me.


Acquired knowledge and experience can overcome such fears. Lacking those, then fear is probably a good thing. First step to replacing those fears with respect is through proper education.

Lefty