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

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

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rickharrisBest Answer (author)2012-02-09

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 %

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VladimirT12 (author)2016-09-16

What do you say about this?
If anybody knows where to get it please post here!

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ALONSIU (author)2016-08-14

https://forceeffect.autodesk.com/frontend/fe.html

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ALONSIU (author)2016-08-14

https://forceeffect.autodesk.com/frontend/fe.html

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Edgar (author)2016-06-30

Just found this, an online simulator.

https://www.simscale.com/?utm_source=Search&utm_medium=AdWords&utm_campaign=CAE-Software&form.campaign=adwords&creativeId=107065271339&keyword=free%20simulation%20software&matchtype=b&gclid=Cj0KEQjwhtO7BRCtwuO9gfTH-fQBEiQAdJ8FY9SM1LTs3bNw9u87nSRG003oyg6N8fSkhC8qEWDaYzUaAghs8P8HAQ

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lccsuppliers (author)2014-10-01

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

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damianzuch (author)2013-12-17

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...

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Mdroll (author)damianzuch2014-03-07

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!!

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damianzuch (author)Mdroll2014-03-07

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!

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Mdroll (author)damianzuch2014-03-10

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.

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Mahmoud Alaa (author)2012-04-08

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

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Foam-Smith (author)2012-02-22

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

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jamngary (author)2012-02-22

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!

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jeffrey4283 (author)2012-02-15

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.

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Thermionic (author)2012-02-08

I'd love to find one myself.

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Computothought (author)2012-02-11

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)

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damianzuch (author)2012-02-11

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

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steveastrouk (author)2012-02-08

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

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FoolishSage (author)2012-02-08

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.

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patriots8888 (author)2012-02-08

Blender is always good, but I don't know if it can test variations

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