Gear Ball

by thehumanhive
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    White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

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A ball consisting of twelve gears that rotate interdependently. Once assembled, the ball measures 4.3 cm in diameter (4.3 cm x 4.3 cm x 4.3 cm).


IN: 5.438 w x 1.435 d x 4.121 h
CM: 13.812 w x 3.646 d x 10.468 h


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Hello. I would like to use your illustrated image in a logo for a non-profit foundation called the Digital Media Learning Foundation (DMLF). I am an intern for the foundation which is located within the Digital Media Factory in Santa Cruz, CA. The foundation is about community and people coming together to learn about new media. I will include a link to our website and blog (in progress) as well as the image I would like to use. Thank you, Jason Schwartz, dmf website: dmlf website: dmlf blog: image:
July 26, 2010, 7:14 pm
Thanks, John. I'm working on the cube now. When it's done, you ought to be able to hold the top and bottom faces and it'll rotate around the vertical axis. In the meantime, you can check out the new heart shaped model, here:
May 9, 2009, 11:29 pm
Nice mov on the forum. I like the way you seem to hold the axis and rotate the model and the cogs go around as the model spins. Consider a morphing shape that has a holdable/standable axis and the model mutates shape as you rotate in on that axis. E.g. a cube that when you hold the center of the top and bottom faces and rotate the model, the corners rotate off-axis to disrupt the clean lines. Other more organic shapes might offer different kinetic aesthetics. Central sphere could be more wireframe to reduce cost.
May 2, 2009, 4:55 am
Thanks, Pete! Here is a link to the "It arrived!" forum topic:
April 25, 2009, 8:52 pm
amazing model !
April 14, 2009, 11:44 am
Absolutely. Heart and box (and other) shapes are coming when I've determined that all the moving parts behave properly. If there are any specific shapes you're looking for, please let me know.
April 13, 2009, 6:12 pm
Have you considered putting caps on each of the cogs so that it forms a shape in one orientation and changes as you rotate the cogs. Like this:
April 13, 2009, 5:59 pm


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