"507 Mechanical Movements: Mechanisms and Devices" by Henry T. Brown, from 1868: http://www.amazon.com/507-Mechanical-Movements-Mechanisms-De...
"1800 Mechanical Movements, Devices and Appliances" by Gardner D. Hiscox, first published in 1899. This is the 16th edition from 1921: http://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Movements-Devices-Appliance...
There is also a website that has all the illustrations and text from the Brown book, and has added animated versions of many of them: http://507movements.com/about.html
Google Books has scanned the 507 Mechanical Movements book, although their search engine is terrible at finding things like that on their own site; one copy is available from http://www.pdnotebook.com/wp-content/themes/thesis_16/custom.... The other, longer book is harder to find via HTTP, although Libgen has a scan of the 2007 reprint. Timothy Schmidt scanned the original 1899 edition in 2008 and uploaded it to The Pirate Bay, which seems to not have it now: http://builders.reprap.org/2008/12/1800-mechanical-movements....
US patents are also a wonderful source of public-domain diagrams of machinery, and they are generally better explained (especially before about the 1980s, at which point their writing quality took a nosedive and they descended into nearly-unreadable jargon) but I'm not aware of an easily downloadable repository of scanned patents.
They are utterly fascinating to watch though.
This guy must really like spending time in Autodesk Inventor. (I just spent an evening getting some robot parts to fit in there. I'll machine them on a CNC mill on Monday, and they will fit. Which is the whole point of Inventor.)
About ten year ago I worked in project that designed a solar tracker. These trackers need to be cheap and reliable. Every hour an mechanic spends in a remote location is incredibly expensive and cuts into your yield very fast.
Interestingly there is a gear that can follow the path of the sun very well while being driven by motor with constant
Aren't mechanical and moving parts less reliable than
electronics, in general?
1. Simple gear and constant velocity three-phase motor
2. Two axis mounting and two stepper motors.
 Industrial three-phase motors are real workhorses, produced in large quantities since ages, relatively cheap and incredibly reliable.
EDIT: I almost forgot that my old website had a page about a model I built back then. I never migrated it to the new site but it is still available.
The Internet has made watchmaking/repair something a determined person can learn at home. I guarantee once you learn the basics, you will look at that old Seamaster sitting in the drawer in a whole new light. Taking apart an old watch, cleaning it, oiling it, and eventually wearing it on your wrist is a good feeling.
With me it went from an interest in automatic movements, to a hobby. Then it went to an obsession, but I'm weird? (I take things to far.) To maybe a building my own watch one day? I haven't lost money on the pursuit of this hobby though.
If you are young, their are a few watch repair schools still around. Rolex funds many of them because so many watch repairers are retiring, or died years ago. I would definetly go to one of these schools if I was younger, and could just pick up and move. That said, the right use of the Internet, and the right books can get someone pretty proficient in repair, and even design?
Think about all those rich dudes who wear complicated mechanical timepieces? All those watches will eventually need servicing? I've noticed rich poeple like a good deal, and take notice of watch servicing costs(cleaning, oiling, etc.) that are currently outrageous at the factory. I feel if a future watchmaker has the right tools, a portable clean room, and charged under $300 a service, he/she could make a good living?
It does seem like an uphill battle to get people interested in watches? When I was younger, I just liked what the watch looked like. My first watch was a Tag Formula 1 bought across from Macy's in San Francisco in the 90's. I like that Quartz watch. As I got older, I started to appreciate what's under the hood, and I really wanted to learn how to repair these mecanical complications. I can guarantee it's not as hard as some people make it out to be! I hope to have a few free instructional websites up in the future.
I think the age of passing down watches to your kids is over and generally they're simply status symbols,whereas before they were status symbols that served a useful function (that's now replaced with our phones).
One would be able to make a living learning to service expensive mechanical watches, but the industry seems to be dying and I'm reasonably confident it won't make a resurgence among the general population.
(Art is also the earliest adopter of new tech.)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a classic example.
I already have a use for the limited space door at home, and I want to build the Archimedian Drive just because it is beautiful.
This also says something to me about the value of human determination - a retired professor in Vietnam must be old enough to have been an adult during the American involvement in their wars, and crushing poverty their state was left in, still a professorship and a desire to teach the world is left.
Hats off indeed
But anyway, how about that rack and pinion animation! Finally I get why it's so effective at safely pulling an old steam train up a steep slope. I honestly was foggy on how the continuous engine motion translated into alternating cycles of locking and linear motion. So simple though.
Not a war docu, but still eye opening. A 1969 documentary about a boy leaving his hair-dressing apprenticeship to join the British army.
> First transmitted in 1968, documentary following Martin May, an apprentice ladies hairdresser, who decides to join 'a man's world' - the Junior Leaders Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps. The programme follows him as he begins his training with a group of recruits.
This boy, Martin May, is only 15 when he joins.
(I have no idea if BBC iPlayer programmes are viewable outside the UK. There's probably some method to do so).
I was in the Navy when my ship picked up some refugees in a scary boat, around '77. After the rescue we sunk the boat (navigation hazard) with the forward gun.
The American company I work for now does business in Vietnam (and the rest of the world).
The world turns. Today I hope for good things to come for the people of Iran and Cuba, and at least a peaceful working relationship between those countries and America.
In fact just like in coding where you have common issues like how to do an associative array, you have common issues in mech like how do I keep something pointing the same direction.
Should be very easy to do, although you'll lose metadata and potential credits, of course.
AutoCAD models are an extreme case, but how about a tool to make quick vector drawings, or a tool to make flow charts to explain complex concepts. All right there in the wiki interface. All super easy to use. 10x-ing content creation.
And to get past the rights issues with including fine examples of Anime on Wikipedia, would be an uphill battle.
I sort of understand what you're saying, but Wikipedia is only part of the puzzle of information. That's why we have the "Internet"!
It's perfectly fine to link out to Youtube videos or channels from a Wikipedia page about mechanical systems or CAD specific topics.