“Visible Hand” — Stirling Engine

The “Visible Hand” is a fully functional Stirling heat engine, achieving a maximum speed of 1273 RPM, that can use any heat source to generate mechanical energy. All components except for bushings, screws, etc. were self-machined with manual mills, manual lathes, CNC mills, and a water-jet cutter. Tolerance stack-ups and GD&T were incorporated to ensure final assembly of the engine.

The “Visible Hand” was inspired by the notion of the “invisible hand of the market” as popularized during the rise of industrial capitalism. By making the “invisible” visible and introducing my own aesthetic interpretations, I sought to interrogate the utopian ideals of capitalism that still guide us today.


MEAM 201 Machine Design & Manufacturing project