Sometimes we find ourselves wishing we had better tools on hand that best suit the task at hand, like a laser cutter to cut working gears out of thick material for our Make Something That Moves prompt.
But did you know that you can make do with basic craft supplies to create working gears? With a normal printer, some cardstock, scissors, and glue, you can create gears by stacking multiple layers of cardstock. Of course, you’ll need to cut out the gear shape first.
Our illustrated tutorials provide support for “making do,” or improvising, with accessible familiar materials. While it does help to have a desktop cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo or the Cricut Explore, you can follow the tutorials without it. Just pay attention to the level of precision needed for your project.
You can check them out here: https://remakingstem.terc.edu/category/tutorials/