Gears and Levers and Cams: Like I'm Five
January 15, 2014 6:20 PM Subscribe
Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget.
posted by Lou Stuells to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm coming from an art background and want to make kinetic sculptures that are interactive and use mechanisms to move and Do Neat Stuff. I'm not mechanically-minded and didn't have construction toys when I was little, so my understanding is pretty rudimentary but I'm interested in playing around now. I have books
art and automata toys, and the concepts are explained with good drawings and clear explanations. I'd like to play on my own to understand stuff better. A sim toy program would be a lot easier than cutting out pieces and then wondering if the thing doesn't work because it can't work, or because I cut it out sloppily. If I could make a good model in the program, I could then replicate it in real material.
I googled and found this
but it's kind of limited, not a lot of components, and they're not easily customized. I think what I'm looking for is more like Lego x Erector Set x Minecraft. It seems like it would be an amazing toy with a lot of potential, surely it exists?