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DIY: Mousetrap-powered car

Dec. 1, 2017

If you are looking for an alternative energy source to power your car, then a mousetrap might be the answer.

If you are looking for an alternative energy source to power your car, then a mousetrap might be the answer. A common middle-school project, the toy mousetrap car features a string that is tied to the arm of the mousetrap and also wound around the axle. As the mousetrap car is released, the mousetrap pulls the string off of the axle, causing the wheels to turn and propel the vehicle forward. YouTuber The Backyard Scientist took this idea and ran with it, creating a life-sized model with functional steering.

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Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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