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I've been in the workshop since I was a little kid. So I've been a "maker" for a long time. I'm also a mechanical engineer. So this book got my attention immediately. The book is logically arranged and well thought out. The authors present each engineering concept with hands-on examples. Many engineering concepts are explored, including levers, gears, pulleys, and other mechanisms. And the book has plenty of other information on materials sources, tools, and other supporting topics. It definitely deserves a spot on your bookshelf. Highly recommended.
The book provides a good, simple and basic refresher overview of mechanical engineer concepts at the level a Maker would need (not a comprehensive Mechanical Engineering text by any means) and offers enthusiasm and suggestions on starting your own projects. The kindle version has blank pages on the iPad (for instance pages 7 and 8) but it is complete on the kindle for MAC. So I have to read this book at my computer, for this I knock the overall rating down to a 4.
This is for the experienced and newbs alike. Written in a very understandable way. I am loving this book, it's going to help me build my dreams!!! I suggest buying a hard copy to have on hand over a kindle version. The hard copy you can jot down notes on.
I had high hopes for this book, but it unfortunately fails to teach even the most rudimentary math required to make simple things work. I needed something to teach the require math for many of the topics mentioned in the book, but the math total is about 10 pages total, and incomplete at best. The FBD example on pages 140-141 is a great example of not even remotely explaining HOW to do the math properly. I would up searching Google for the information I needed over many days. I bought the book to save me the time, but in the end the book, all 220 pages of it, was read in just over a day and barely covered the basics. From reading the first few pages, this was their intent, and I believe the title is terribly misleading. By the way, the last 5 pages are actually graph paper ....
It seems more focused on building their projects (2 tanks, a gear diff and a couple of others), which for me is really useless. Lots of photos, but virtually none are annotated, leaving the reader to figure out the details.