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Planetary gear calling card

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Planetary gear calling card by phooky Dec 1, 2008

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Description

A calling card with working planetary gears. Astound your friends, frustrate your nemisii.
(Update: I've moved the gears slightly to the right, reducing the number of cut parts to assemble.)

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hey phooky i was planing to use this as my business card but a little different using two gears and every time the rotate my number and e-amil comes up but making 100 of these or even 200 takes much time is there a fast way to do this kind of business card where u can send it for a business card company can make them for u please E-mail your answer thank you my E-mail is... [email protected]
Is there anyway you can make this into a (dwg) file? (autocad) I tried redrawing it but when I laser cut it, it the teeth didnt align in some areas. Thanks!
An aperture is way to complicated

though something like this

thingiverse.com/thing:4244

might work

After I made the paper mechanical iris, i am willing to try this as a challenge!

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Cut from card or bristol and assemble like a sandwich. The middle layer needs to be appreciably thicker than the others; I cut it twice and glued the bits together, but I recommend using thicker paper board. To keep the planetary teeth gears from getting caught up in the window edges, bend the gear teeth down (towards the back layer) slightly before assembly. Glue down the middle (sun) gear only. You can put three or four planetary gears inside. It's a bit tricky to assemble; a spare pair of hands helps. Good luck!

hey phooky i was planing to use this as my business card but a little different using two gears and every time the rotate my number and e-amil comes up but making 100 of these or even 200 takes much time is there a fast way to do this kind of business card where u can send it for a business card company can make them for u please E-mail your answer thank you my E-mail is... [email protected]
Is there anyway you can make this into a (dwg) file? (autocad) I tried redrawing it but when I laser cut it, it the teeth didnt align in some areas. Thanks!
Hey - thanks for posting - I modified and added some parts to mine. Posted it today.

Rob :-D
What the heck is happening here? Is this some weird praise? If so that's very strange. *DONT_KNOW*
Wow ! with this you can create many "scientific" pocket analog calculators, from numeric calculating machines, to astrolabes, to measure converters... everything that can be calculated !
It depends "only" (maybe this the difficult thing) by how you can improve the "scaling" of the gears (specific different diameters) and how to get relative measure "signs" around them.
Hey! I have a photography business and I was looking for a way to make an aperture so that it opens and closes. It's not quite as intricate as this but was looking for someone that could possibly help. :-D If you have any ideas. I'm not even sure where to start. I'll download this and see if I can't figure something out. I'm open for discussion. Thanks!

msearthtonez [AT] yahoo
An aperture is way to complicated

though something like this

thingiverse.com/thing:4244

might work

After I made the paper mechanical iris, i am willing to try this as a challenge!
the IRIS project
by overflo
Great stuff!
Created about 12 of them today in our fab lab with a group of visiting pupils. Everyone loves the cards, especially the paper versions.
I want the simple version from this video vimeo.com/2395048 Where can I find the pdf?
oh, well, I'll try and make it myself
Hi,

I'm new to Thingiverse I am having trouble download the planetary card file I work with Corel Draw and import dxf files and pdf into corel all the time but I can't seem to import this one. Any suggestions?

Thanks
Hi! - Isn't this site fantastic!?!?

Just to let you know I used CorelDRAW X4 and it opened with no issues!
I don't have a laser cutter, or steady hands, but I do have a 48"x48" CNC router! I scaled the model up, modified it to be a square instead of a business card shape, and cut it about 8" square out of 1/4" MDF. Works great, and is a weird little thing to have on my desk. "The machine that does nothing!"

I'll post my modified DXF files and a G-code for cutting.
I just added your calling card to my laser cutting blog - because it's so cool! I meant the card, but my blog is amazing too.
8-)Awesome! I think I fall in love with this magazine more and more each day!
What magazine?
My card ones came out quite nice once I started using spray adhesive rather than regular goo. The acrylic version's got a nice loose action to it so it spins quite freely. Nice to fiddle with!

I'm tempted to try a geared mayan calendar now.. :-P
Do it I dare you!!! ;)
I won't be impressed until you make helical-cut gears this way :-P
Mine was kinda messy. I used crazy glue. Mine is a little loose as well. I tried it in acrylic too, but my Weldon seized the planetary gear.
awesome. i shall certainly give this a go.
It's great to see such wonderful creativity shared with the public. I commend you for allowing your designs to be spread around and not asking for anything in return. Again, excellent work!
I want to make this out of acrylic. Just scale it up a bit, and make it using different colors of acrylic. If I do, I'll be sure to upload a picture.
How is everyone cutting these out? I don't have the manual dexterity to do it.
I just used a pair of scissors, although if I had to do it again I would get a good razor.
most use a LAZZZZZOR or other cnc cutting machines.

a craft robo would also work. :)
I love this design, I made up a few with 1/8th fiber board.

4volt.com/projects/Images/IMG_9377(340).jpg
After having this cutout for a few days, I think the bulk of the 1/8in material takes this out of the range of a calling card and more towards a desktop nick-nack, but still inexpensive enough to hand out for promotional reasons. I estimate it cost about 7 cents in material.

I also wrote a whole blog post about this material, it's very inexpensive but still durable.

4volt.com/Blog/archive/2008/12/10/14.aspx
I'm just trying to think of all the awesome ways you can create animated business cards now! :)
I've been trying to use the PDF, but when I print it out, the lines are super light. No combination of settings in OS X's preview seem to fix the problem. Can you suggest another method for viewing the pdf properly? Or is the problem in the PDF its self?

Or, is there a free PDX viewer out there? I don't have auto cad and the one free pdx viewer I tried couldn't display all the layers properly.
You can get what is arguably the best PDF viewer free: get.adobe.com/reader. If it's a viewer problem, that should help.

However, if it's a problem with the document itself, you have to get a better original file, or edit the pdf with something like Adobe Illustrator.
this is beautiful and very smart, thank you for sharing the idea and pattern! i cant wait to make my own :)
This rocks! I want to try this in a CD case.

GK
you still use CDs?
you still use DVDs? :)
To martian742: I checked out your card up close and thank you, thank you, thank you. Everybody else appears to have lazer cutters or stuff, but you made yours like the rest of us....by hand. Thanks for showing it can be done and sharing! :) Gnu
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Just saw Bre's video on this Thing, and I've got to say... this is brilliant! Kudos and thanks for sharing.
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