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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,



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2 years ago

Just found this, an online simulator.


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

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...

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!!

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!

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.


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

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:


You should really try it!

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.

I'd love to find one myself.

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,



(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.


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