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These Gears WORK! *handflail*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WYcqJ5HdxA4#!

I could watch these all day long – and I would dearly hope to see them powering machinery in New Babbage sometime soon! 

Thanks to Frau Annechen Lowey for pointing me at the video.

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8 Comments

  1. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse October 27, 2010

    Some of those are just freaky looking.

     

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying October 27, 2010

    Beautiful! 

    (adds a line to my project list….)

  3. Mr Tenk Mr Tenk October 27, 2010

    puts ‘scrollsaw’ on christmas list

  4. Cral Denimore Cral Denimore October 27, 2010

    Wow.  Imaginative, ingenious, and hypnotic all at once…

  5. Livius Alectoris Livius Alectoris October 27, 2010

    Well, ladies and gentlemen, here is a demonstration that undoubtedly opens our minds.

    Nothing law requires the gears to be only circular. The important is the teeth move without friction. While in a normal gear you want to maximize the transmission of energy with a constant ratio, in a non-circular gear the goal is to have a variable transmission ratio during the rotation.
    Perhaps we might see this as evidence that seemingly irreconcilable elements (such the individuals in a community) can still interact, creating in any case an efficient system? 

    By the way, have you noticed that in all the samples, the gears’ pivots are always the same distance between them?

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