Hydraulic Hand

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Project Snapshot

Engineer a surprisingly powerful hand using the science of hydraulics!

 

This goal of the project is to build the hand, then modify it to be able to pick up as many household objects as possible.

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Tools and Materials

The Engineering Creation Kit has everything you need for this project and many more from STEM Inventions, or get the supplies in bulk:

Tips and Troubleshooting

If the hand isn't closing all the way, then...

  • There may not be enough water in the syringes. Add water until there's a total of 10ml between both syringes (not including water in the tubing).

  • The syringe may be taped too far from the hinge. Try re-taping it closer to the hinge.

If the hand isn't opening all the way, then...

  • There may be too much water in the syringes. Remove water until there's a total of 10ml between both syringes (not including water in the tubing). If that doesn't work, continue removing water until it closes.

  • The syringe may be taped too close to the hinge.

  • Make sure the cable tie is not too loose.