The Mechanical Transmission of Power

As I read through part one and then, later, parts two and three of Kris De Decker’s interesting series on mechanical power transmission, I knew I had read other articles from the Low-Tech Magazine before. A quick check through my archive proved me right: for those looking for other interesting reads on low-tech solutions to hard problems, check out How Sustainable is a Solar Powered Website? and How to Build a Low-tech Internet, too, or any of The Low-Tech Magazine’s other fascinating work.

In a similar vein, check out 507 Movements for — get this — 507 different mechanical mechanisms. When I run into a novel engineering challenge, I always try to solve it in a simple mechanical way first. Computers are great, but there is a certain elegance to simple machinery for which I have great appreciation.