Big Bridge Version 1.2

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Project by Richard Williams posted 01-21-2008 05:52 AM 4248 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made three Big Bridges and a Ferris Wheel for the University here to use as Hands on Projects for our young people. Hopefully it will stimulate some interest into Engineering Careers. I have been told that it is making some different in the registrations or sign ups for Engineering but that is only what I have been told. I never know for sure if anything I have done for our schools is helping or not. But I am working hard to keep things interesting for our students. Knot tying class comes next. :)

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#1 posted 01-21-2008 05:59 AM

Looks interesting!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-21-2008 08:03 AM

Great modeling work! Did you draw all of the individual gears or are they some sort of pre made component? I have always wanted to try solidworks..I am a AutoCAD/Sketchup user, but that looks really cool!


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#3 posted 01-21-2008 11:30 AM

Very intricate.

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#4 posted 01-21-2008 01:13 PM

Got way more patience than I have. I would have fragged it several stages back. Good work Richard, did ya put an ega in there somewhere? Semper Fi


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#5 posted 01-21-2008 02:25 PM

Hay! Richard, This is wayyyyy beyond me. Nice post! nice work!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#6 posted 01-21-2008 05:58 PM

You just blew my mind.

How will you cut these?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 01-21-2008 06:09 PM

Great looker Richard. great job on getting this far. The UK designer has some great clocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 01-23-2008 09:34 PM

looks impossible!!
and that’s just the drawing stage. WOW

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 02-10-2008 03:25 PM

I actually have the AutoCAD dwgs for these gears and the spindles. A few years back when I worked at an Architectural firm that had a laserCAM I cheated and cut a set of gears out of 1/4” stock. Came out beautiful, albeit with black edges from “burning” the wood.

I have yet to figure it all out, but at some point this year I hope to have it completed. Will post pictures if I do.

If anyone’s interested in the AutoCAD DWG’s, PM me with your email and I’ll send them out.

-- I love woodworking. Except sanding, gluing, cutting long stock, finishing, detail work, sawdust, the cost and loss of time. :)

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#10 posted 03-18-2011 09:13 PM

Great job on the modeling, I’m having a go at it too, but I’m afraid I won’t have the resilience to go all the way ;)

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