Flying Pendulum Escapement




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The master tinkerers at BionicBlox Construction Toys present the Flying Pendulum Escapement for learning about all-mechanical time keeping devices.

Invented in the late 1800's, an escapement is a mechanical device that  transfers the energy from a wound clock (an oscillating device) to the timekeeping element. The timekeeping elements were often pendulums like in a grandfather clock or Big Ben in London.  Timekeeping elements may also be springs and vibrating quartz crystals found in most watches today. The escapement's force comes from a coiled spring or a suspended weight and transferred through a drive train. The "tick" you hear with a mechanical watch or clock is the action of the escapement releasing and then locking.

Historically, escapements provided for the invention of all-mechanical clocks and all efforts to "track time". The Flying Pendulum clock was invented in 1883 by Adler Christian Clausen and J. C. Slafter.  The clock was later renamed the Ignatz Flying pendulum clock after a character in the Krazy Kat comic.

Watch the video and note how the timing of the escapement "regulates" the release.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is one of many simple machine possibilities with BionicBlox. With the round axle-like hole in the center all kinds of motion and lever options are available.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    I never knew what these things were!
    Thanks for posting this.
    Im gonna play with these a whole bunch now. ;)
    I think setting up a goonies style Chester Copperpot trap would be tons of fun.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    It is a cool machine. The toy itself is so wide open for building, inventing and creating. My kids love them.