Redirecting a mechanical force?
Im looking for the most effective method of tranfering a mechanical force from one direction to another.
For example if i had a 1" horizontal rod struck on its east face which then begins to travel westward on a fixed horizontal track, im looking for a method of transfering the energy (not sure if thats the right word) in the opposite direction.
A few important factors are that the rod which is struck does need to travel around 4 inches on the fixed rail, and any vertical movement needs to be kept to a minimum.
Below is one of my early ideas, serves little pupose as the mechinism is too large but gives you the jist of what im talking about.