Improving the sensitivity of balance


Improving the toy
There can be a tendency for the crude balance point used in the early models of this toy to allow a yawing movement.  This is seen as a side-to-side wobble that spoils the fluid look that the best balance toys have.  A simple change to the design can improve the movement a tremendous amount and can be seen in the design pictures shown here.

Topics within the project

Silhouettes and Victorian Art

Levers - First order and Second order

Centre of Mass

CNC Cutting -
(Shapes could easily be cut from thick card instead of plastics or plywood)

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