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Reverse Engineering: First Steps on Crane

After SchoolSean Murray

We began 2014 with a new challenge. One that will move us beyond static objects (like the desk we reverse-engineered previously) to an object with moving parts. And this time, we won't have the object directly in front of us--we'll have to study it through pictures and videos.

Sarah, Deke and Nick study a picture of the object to be reverse engineered.

So, what is this mystery object?

A crane! We divided ourselves into three teams: Vertical motion of hook, horizontal motion of trolley, and rotation of tower mast. 

Milo tests the rotating base of the tower. It works!

After each team has tackled its problem, we'll come together and build a/some crane/s with all three types of motion!

Horizontal motion of trolley team rigs pulleys.

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