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  1. #1 Possible Beginner Engineering Projects 
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    Hey I'm currently a student and recently have become very interested in engineering. As a kid I was crazy about building things such as Legos, Knex, etc. Now I have become heavily involved with computers and have built a couple computers as well as learning some computer programming languages. As of now I getting a strong interest in what I believe is referred to as mechanical engineering (engines/motors) and electrical engineering. I have a huge interest in the sciences and am looking for possible projects because with summer approaching I will have more free time for such an endeavor. I know that a lot of people are into building robots and as a musician, lots of people make their own effects pedals. If anyone would have insight towards a fun and enjoyable project that would not be too expensive and would help to instill the fundamentals of engineering it would be greatly appreciated. In other words, I'm just looking for a push in the right direction.

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    RS

    PS Any website recommendations for forums/projects would be great as well


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    If you're interested in mechanics and electronics, then a radio controlled car would be ideal. If you're a musician then build an amplifier. As you said robotics are pretty popular too, and will be ideal if you have some knowlege of programming. How about a robotic arm, or a personal CNC mill?...I plan to build such a mill myself. They're suprisingly simple, since all the work is done by the software, which is available free to download. Basically just a few stepper motors and a dremel. All projects easy to find with google.


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    http://fabathome.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

    You should make a fabber! Those things are pretty awesome, just a glimpse at the future. They can be used to fabricate useful products from your very home. You can even download blueprints from the net and as long as you have the raw materials, the fabber will make it for you. They are even working on fabbers that can make fabbers. There is a growing community online and there are alot of blueprints and advice on how to build your own for not too high a price tag.
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    You could also consider joining a model engineering club. They mostly make miniature steam engines but some make planes, boats etc. The old boys would be able to teach you a great deal about mechanical engineering as many did it for a profession before they retired. There you could learn about materials, pressure, design, manufacturing, mathematics and a host of others, as many of the miniature engines don't work as well (sometimes not at all) as they did when they were at there originally designed size and therefor require some modification. And all for the price of a couple of months membership.
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    Nice! 3D printing is cutting edge.

    P.S. lego kicks ass...I wanna have kids just as an excuse for playing with it again.
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    If you're into motors, electronics, engineering generally... then I suggest you shamelessly scavange discarded appliances. Take them apart, learn the hows & whys, hands-on, save the parts you might use later. You can rapidly amass a garage-full of motors and mechanisms, plus an endless supply of components desoldered from circuit boards, if you wish. Free. Meanwhile learn the theory, which may or may not cost you.
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