Kinetic Sculpture Engineering Pointers

One of my major hobbies for the past 15 years has been Kinetic Sculpture building and racing.

Probably the most important thing I've learned over the years is to limit the amount of planning and thinking about a project, and to get off my duff and actually make and try something. You can get stuck forever in the planning process and never accomplish anything. It is better to try to make something that can be modified and/or fixed cheaply and easily than to make a gold plated marvel that never breaks yet doesn't work.

Here are a couple of pointers:

Be creative. Sometimes the best ideas are the ones that sound the wackiest at first. Also, sometimes it is not as important that the vehicle actually makes it over the course without pushing or breakdown as it is that the vehicle and pilots look really cool. If it can do both, great!

Of course, the most important thing is to have fun.

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