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Introduction to Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM (EST)

Introduction to Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission Sold Out Ended $350.00 $7.95
Pneumatics-Only Track 1 Ticket Ended $200.00 $4.99
Hydraulics-Only Track Sold Out Ended $200.00 $4.99

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Have you ever wanted to design mechanisms that move really heavy or large things simply and easily? Do you have any applications that call for controlled linear motion? Are you frustrated with an engineering education that left out a practical grounding in fluid power? Come to Artisan's Asylum in February and learn how to design and assemble pneumatic and hydraulic systems!

Most engineers, designers and hobbyists are familiar with electric motors and their limitations. As a rule, motors tend to spin too quickly for most applications without substantial gearing, they tend to be fairly weak for their size, and they can be very complicated to control for amateurs. They're great for small, simple projects, but stop being as useful when projects start scaling up in size. Pneumatic and hydraulic systems pick up where electric motors leave off!

Pneumatic (air-powered) and hydraulic (liquid-powered) power transmission systems can simply and easily generate hundreds, to thousands, to tens of thousands of pounds of force instantaneously, and hold those forces indefinitely. They can be incredibly easy to assemble (once you know what parts to order), they're easy to control with simple relay circuits, and they're a breeze to design compared to electric systems. The big challenges involved in making use of them are knowing enough about them to design and assemble them safely, getting to know the symbolic language in which their circuits are drawn, knowing where to source components, and getting experience by making enough circuits to get used to the process.

This class will introduce students to the theory, design, and practical assembly of pneumatic and hydraulic circuits. Students will be taught the underlying principles behind each style of power transmission, will get to assemble several different circuits of each type of power transmission, will get to design their own circuits, and will go through the process of sourcing components from fluid power vendors.

Note: This class is offered as a full 8-course introduction to fluid power systems, but students can choose to participate in either pneumatics or hydraulics individually.

Class Goals:

The goal of this class will be to give students a robust introduction to hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Students should be able to assemble hydraulic and pneumatic systems given standard schematics, and should be able to design basic fluid power systems independently by the end of the class.


No previous experience necessary. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

All hydraulic and pneumatic system components will be provided as class items, and will remain at Artisan's Asylum.

What to Bring:

Students should wear clothing appropriate for a shop environment. On days where the class works with hydraulic systems, students should expect to get hydraulic oil on their clothes and skin. Students should wear work clothing they are willing to throw away at the end of class in case it gets too oily.

Instructor Biography:


Gui Cavalcanti is the co-founder and President of Artisan's Asylum. Currently, he's leading the mechanical design of Stompy, a 4,000 pound, 18-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall, 6-legged hydraulic walking robot that seats two, developed by Project Hexapod (a company he cofounded with James Whong and Dan Cody). He worked as a robotics engineer and systems integrator at Boston Dynamics, working on cutting edge mechanical design and systems integration for highly dynamic legged robots like BigDog, AlphaDog, and PETMAN. He was the Systems Integrator for the LS3 project, coordinating the joint engineering and development of multiple subcontractors and engineers. Over the course of his career he has also developed the mechanical systems for a robotic tuna, several robotic snakes, an ornithopter, and other robotic animals.

Event Time:

Session 1: Wednesday, January 15th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Introduction to Pneumatics)

Session 2: Wednesday, January 22nd, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Pneumatics Class 1)

Session 3: Wednesday, January 29th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Pneumatics Class 2)

Session 4: Wednesday, February 5th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Pneumatics Class 3)

Session 5: Wednesday, February 12th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Introduction to Hydraulics)

Session 6: Wednesday, February 19th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Hydraulics Class 1)

Session 7: Wednesday, February 26th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Hydraulics Class 2)

Session 8: Wednesday, March 5th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM (Hydraulics Class 3)


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form. 

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Introduction to Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM (EST)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:

* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.

* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.

* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility. 

* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.

* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship. 

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