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Anyone know of a program for designing simple mechanical systems (gears, levers, etc)?

I'm trying to design a complicated wind-powered whirligig that has a lot of gears and levers in it; I would love to design it on a program that would allow me to test out variations before I get to actually building it. Has anyone seen a program that can do that?

Much appreciated,

Damian

rickharris2 years ago
http://woodgears.ca/gear_cutting/template.html

is a gear drawing template - I recommend browsing Matthias Wandel's site anyway at  http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/  if your building automata.

Levers shouldn't be a problem in any of the 2D drawing systems around ( search fro Free CAD) or any drawing system that will allow measurements and print at 100 %

try this one Delgear software. that might work. thanks.

damianzuch (author) 11 months ago
Hold the phone! Someone just sent me this - http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-07/29/disney-automata - and holy smokes, it is just amazing! Oh, Disney Research Labs...
Mdroll damianzuch8 months ago

It doesn't seam to be available to the public, unless I am missing something. Ig you know where to obtain this software that would be amazing!!

damianzuch (author)  Mdroll8 months ago
I emailed one of the designers and he said nope, it's not available to the public. Such a drag, I'd love to try it out!
Mdroll damianzuch8 months ago

Thats a bummer. But Autodesk makes an app for android called "ForceEffect Moition" that also runs on bluestacks for the PC. I use it to design my whirligigs in minutes. it cannot simulate gears, but you can set a motor to the same size as a gear and will do the same thing. Also the woodgears template ($25) is amazing use it all the time to make my gears. I have also played with Gearotic and really is the best but pricey at $125.

http://www.ptc.com/products/creo-elements-direct/modeling-express/
Foam-Smith2 years ago
could try the web site ( http://download.cnet.com/mac/ ) its a good web site for a lot of PC/MAC programs all for free. Its viruse free. dont worrie. ive used it all the time and have had no problems with my computer
jamngary2 years ago
Autodesk Inventor is good, but I use cad myself. There are many paid versions of CAD, but there is a free one that does the same stuff:

http://www.ptc.com/products/creo-elements-direct/modeling-express/

You should really try it!
jeffrey42832 years ago
Autodesk Inventor has a suite of tools within it just for gear design and is available in a student version from them with I think a 2 or 3 year license not to mention all the other tools in the software.
blkhawk2 years ago
Thermionic2 years ago
I'd love to find one myself.
Ditto
Autocad has some nice 3d add-on's. http://usa.autodesk.com/products/free-product-trials.  We do not use Microsoft Windows anymore so IIt is of no use to us.   Picked this one up from a web search engine: http://www.emachineshop.com/machine-shop/Free-Gear-Design-Software/page506.html
http://www.hobbing.com/
Qcad with add-on libraries.(http://www.qcad.org/camexpert.html)
damianzuch (author) 2 years ago
This is great - thanks all! I've also been looking into a Sketch Up plugin called Sketchy Physics, I don't know how easy it is to use yet.

OK, I'll dig around your recommendations,

Thanks,

Damian

(youtube example of sketchy physics): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLvXvzPvfWI
Try something like "Algodoo", the program formerly known as "Phun". I think you can draw things near enough to scale to get away with it.

Steve
FoolishSage2 years ago
I have seen people using Solidworks to design mechanical systems. 3D modelling software with all kinds of mechanical settings (rotation axis, impact boxes, etc). I haven't used it myself so i don't know how well it it will suit your specific purpose but i think it is worth a try.
Blender is always good, but I don't know if it can test variations