|Project by johnhutchinson||posted 12-16-2013 01:37 PM||1047 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
The NOW WHAT? Machine is an experiment with a new kind of ball gear (to me, anyway) that I first noticed on the Matthias Wandel website. Someone was using it in a jig mechanism as an alternative to right-angle bevel gears. I used Matthias’s gear generator program to come up the general diameters, and then winged it from there. Here’s a link to the program … http://woodgears.ca/gear_cutting/template.html
For the small gear “teeth”, I used wooden beads from a local art supply store. I then used sections of 1/8” dowel through the prebored holes for attachment pins.
I thought the mockup would be the first in a series of trial-and-error experiments, but it worked perfectly right out of the gate. YES!!! And since it ain’t broke, I ain’t gonna fix it. :)
I liked the rough model so much that I slapped some paint on it, mounted a question mark on the top, and dubbed it my NOW WHAT? Machine.
So now what? I’ll be using the mechanism for future tabletop whirligigs/automata. It’s just what I need for my Menacing Octopus.
And since I’m into making stop-action videos, I couldn’t resist. https://vimeo.com/81968691
-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"