The goal of this project was to create a gyroscope that could spin and stay upright for as long as possible. I was provided with drawings and a bag of parts, both pictured below.

Provided Parts

Rotor Drawing

Frame Drawing

Spindle Drawing

Gyroscope Assembly Drawing

Once I collected my parts and reviewed the drawings, I spent countless hours in the Pratt Student Shop machining the gyroscope. I used the CNC Mill to slot, drill, countersink and deburr the frame. Once all the necessary holes and slots had been made, I used a belt sander to sand down the corner and faces. Next, I worked on the rotor. Using the CNC Lathe, I drilled and then reamed the center hole for the spindle. Next, I created the spindle. Using the CNC Lathe, I cut the provided steel rod to length. Then, using a hand file, I created a 60 degree point on each end of the spindle. Then, once again using the CNC Lathe, I drilled a small hole into the top of the spindle that could fit a piece of string that would allow the gyroscope to spin. Lastly, I machined the screws. I threaded the heads of both screws. Then, I hand-filed a 60 degree point on the bottom screw to facilitate spinning.


Me Working at the CNC Mill

Once all of the machining was done, I pressed the spindle into the rotor and mounted them within the frame. Below are images of my completed gyroscope.

Final Product

Completing this task was not an easy feat. However, the skills I gained through my time spent in the machine shop are invaluable. After completing this project, I feel confident reading drawings and using machinery to create nearly anything!