Gear Project 2

by Snille, published

Gear Project 2 by Snille Apr 25, 2012

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A big kinetic art project for your empty 2 by 4 meters wall. :)

Movie added youtube.com/watch?v=EIUwBxDOi_w
Added the electronics box (after a small redesign).
Added the Tray-List.xlsx if you want to know print times, filament usage and colors used for each tray.

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Gear Project 2 by Snille is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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This is another DIY kinetic art project. I don't have a full instruction ready for you. It's all in your imagination and fingers. :)

Ball Bearings used:
Amount: Size: Name:
11 2x6x3 Mini ball bearing 692Z ABEC1
40 3x8x4 Mini ball bearing 693Z 2Z ABEC1
21 5x16x5 Mini ball bearing 625Z 2Z
53 6x15x5 Mini ball bearing 696Z 2Z

Read the full story here: snille.net/index.php?info=gear-project2

Inspiration sources on Thingiverse...
Universal joint - thingiverse.com/thing:14335
Spring joint - thingiverse.com/thing:5439
Bevel gear - thingiverse.com/thing:3575

Everything is printed on a eMaker Huxley (beta machine).
Total project print time: 91h
Total meters of 1.75mm filament: 320.39
It's about 120 printed parts in this project.
Nozzle temp: 160c
Bed temp: 70c

All printed things are printed with excellent PLA from Supply3DPLA.com.


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pseudoabstrato on Mar 1, 2014 said:


Snille on Mar 1, 2014 said:

Thank you! :)

shiver on Jan 27, 2014 said:

This is simply amazing! A work of Art if you ask me

Snille on Jan 27, 2014 said:

Thank you! :)

Crash_1 on Dec 28, 2012 said:

Coolest thing I have seen on thingiverse! You put the huxley to good use!

Snille on Dec 28, 2012 said:

Thank you! :)

Troest87 on May 21, 2012 said:

Very awesome...

dmachinist on May 17, 2012 said:

Wow! Very cool! 8-)

Wade on May 17, 2012 said:

Awesome! I love it! Got me thinking about something like that for my place now...

It might be possible to gear up the speeds in the driven boxes, and use the shaft drives to spin small dc motors as generators for the lights, but it would be an exercise in friction reduction. Still, very very cool as is!

Snille on May 17, 2012 said:

Thank you! :)

It is absolutely possible to gear it up and possibly even generate power (great idea!) :). I use a motor (with a gearbox) that only runs 3rpm. The only thing you will have to think about is the noise. :)

caster66 on Apr 27, 2012 said:

One thing that I can see that would add a extra layer of fun to this would be to include controllers in each frame for controlling the LED color. A simple microcontroller and a darlington driver you could make each frame change color on its own at set or random intervals. The circuitry is relatively simple and will work with what you already have installed with maybe an extra $5 per frame.

Otherwise LOVE this idea. I have always found kinetic sculptures to be fascinating. Great job on this. Look forward to seeing the vid!

Anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 said:

Nice, I love the basic structure of multiple separate framed kinetic pieces with mechanical transmission between them, shame you needed the power lines for the lighting.

Snille on Apr 26, 2012 said:

Thank you! I thought the same about the weirs in the beginning. But after doing it I think it adds another layer to the project. I had the idea to maybe make the cable go in squared shapes but my wife liked this better. :)

QuantumConcepts on Apr 25, 2012 said:

That's cool and artsy!

Roboteernat on Apr 25, 2012 said:

I love this! since the first cogs photo frame uploaded ages ago, this has been something worth doing! have you a video of how it looks?

Snille on Apr 26, 2012 said:

Yes, I've bee working on this one for quite a while. It's many hours planning and even more executing. :) I don't have a video at the moment but will record one during the weekend when I have some daytime.