How an oscillating fan works

It is always fun to see how everyday household items work. Very often, these ‘simple’ devices reveal ingenious engineering designs, like in the case of a nice animation of how rotating desktop fan works.


  1. rrutis1 says

    When I was very young I would disassemble (clumsily) things like this to figure out how they worked and sometimes I even got them back together so they worked. My parents were not amused:-)

  2. says

    Of course modern oscillating fans only work until the little plastic gears warp, then they wobble indecisively on the spot making plaintive pocking sounds like an elderly chook. Best left unclutched.

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