The Secret Life of Components—Springs

Master maker, cartoonist, author, and artist Tim Hunkin spent his pandemic downtime producing a series, “The Secret Life of Components”, to introduce designers and builders to the bits and pieces he uses in his fanciful machines.

When you need a calibrated force, a mechanical oscillator, a store of energy, or counterpoise to the force of gravity, a spring’s the thing. This episode describes the many types of springs, the materials from which they’re made, and how to make your own when you can’t find the right one for the job.