Seven Gear Loop By Oskar

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by Oskar_van_Deventer, Jul 22, 2017.

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  1. Oskar_van_Deventer
    Oskar_van_Deventer Well-Known Member
    Hi Shapeways fans,

    Seven Gear Loop is a gearing mechanism of seven gears in a loop. Usually, a loop of gears requires an even number of gears, as otherwise the loop gets stuck. After all, the gears should turn alternatingly clockwise and counter-clockwise (anti-clockwise). However, it works for this gear set, as the seven gears are not in the same plane. See also the 9- and 11-gear versions by Blake Courter.

    Question: can a similar five-gear loop exist?

    Watch the YouTube video.
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    Check out the photos below.

    Enjoy!

    Oskar
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  2. Oskar_van_Deventer
    Oskar_van_Deventer Well-Known Member
    Here is a more colorful version.
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  3. Frozenrain
    Frozenrain Well-Known Member
    Aha, this is very interesting. Hey,Oskar. Would you please share some tips on how to model gears?
     
  4. Oskar_van_Deventer
    Oskar_van_Deventer Well-Known Member
  5. drloris
    drloris Well-Known Member
    A Möbius strip in gears? Very clever!
    In the UK we have a coin with an odd number of cogs in a loop. It looks great at first glance, but it really annoys me that it would be locked solid.
     
  6. Oskar_van_Deventer
    Oskar_van_Deventer Well-Known Member
    Then you may like my Magic Gears too: