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.
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.
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.
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!