Here is my latest project which I spent a whole solid day yesterday modelling, I wanted to make something tactile and just fun to use, It has turned out to be a Steampunk themed desk organizer which can hold paperclips etc. in the tray and maybe pencils/pens in the holes around the top or balanced on the handles when not moving:

This design consists of a cube, on 4 sides of the cube are 7 gears, 2 large outer ones that move in opposite directions, the outer has handles on it so it can be easily rotated, the motion between the 2 large cogs is reversed due to 5 smaller gears in a similar layout to a planetary gearbox to reverse the gear's direction. Each of these sets of gears on the 4 faces are all liked through 1 of the big gears meshing at 90 degrees with the big gear on each of the 2 neighboring sides. This means that theoretically if any one gear is spun, they should all spin in a memorizing pattern. Best of all it should be printable as one piece.

The design also comes with a stand so it can stand up on a desk, this stand also has a flat plaque with embossed text that I may consider allowing to be customized by the buyer.

This YouTube video of a computer generated animation of this 'Geared Cube' should demonstrate the movements of this cube more effectively.
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated... Both positive and negative or if you can think of another cool feature to add.

Thanks

Last edited: Mar 31, 2013