Through Metals II Studio, I was introduced to a variety of tools and machines for metal fabrication, such as milling machines, lathes, and the surface grinder. This gyroscope was made using both milling machines and lathes to precisely execute three different types of metal. I am very glad to come across an impressive Youtube video that demonstrated how to machine a gyroscope step by step. After watching it multiple times, I decided to make one for my metal II final project with the tools and machines available in the metal shop at RISD. It came out actually pretty well.

The bottom bearing is glued to the frame with Loctite 648 retaining compound, while the top bearing is threaded for adjustability.
The shaft and the flywheel are glued together.
While basing on a simple design and the difference in mass between aluminum and brass, an aluminum piece, which is lighter than brass, is pressed through the cut-out brass piece to increase the centrifugal force to give the gyroscope a better performance.
The Components.
Top bearing detail shot.
Turned maple handle. 
Balancing on the fingertip.
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