Parametric Gimbal, prints already assembled

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Parametric Gimbal, prints already assembled by Bluebie Jun 9, 2013
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This neat printable gimbal prints already assembled on Replicator 2 printers at least, and optionally can have a ball bearing ball weight which clicks in to place, creating a fairly effective gravitovectometer (like an accelerometer, but only gives you a vector, not a rate, and yes, we did make up that word)

It's just a nice thing to have and to play with. You can hold a gimbal up and blow on it and the middle two parts will spin around crazy fast, with the center part stabilising very quickly at a 90° angle to it's parent like a gyroscope. It could potentially be a neat tool for explaining gimbal lock to people learning 3d graphics too.

Created in collaboration with Nornagon


To print all as one piece, we used a Replicator 2 with the included clear makerbot brand PLA plastic. We printed using MakerWare and used the 'medium' profile, with the layer height set instead to 0.2 down from 0.27.

For the gravitovectometer, we used the 7mm ball version with regular metal ball bearings. The other sizes included have not been tested.

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gift horse in the mouth? looks to be a unique print to me. GREAT

Nice fast print, no supports or rafts needed. But as a couple of others have said, the outer ring is way too lose. Give a kid 1 min with it and he'd break it.

So fix it and fork it!

Damn this is cool af. No support needed?

Thank you for this design. My MOM Gimbal remix was featured by Thingiverse thanks to this great model. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:326395

MOM Gimbal - Print In Place

Glad this silly experiment has been fun for other people too!

A similar but customizeable variant: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:73634http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

No gravitovectometer option however :)

Customizable Gimbal
by mphardy