Gear Painting

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Gear Painting by Snille Nov 14, 2011
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Gear Painting by Snille is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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This is a DIY art. This was one of the first project I printed on my 3D-Printer. Just a really cool thing to have. :)

This is how it looks live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-c5_IVQEhE


Basically, print all the parts. You will need to print some trays more the once. Buy the things needed and assemble. It's the printing that takes time. :)

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdmeISs9jdk

The motor: I used an old cam timer motor: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam_timer
But anything with a low gear will work. All depending on what speed you want of course.

You can read the full story here: http://www.snille.net/projects/project-2

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Very nice design. I made one too. It was hard to stray from your design. I did use the frame from Ikes cause I couldn't find a better one. I increased the width of the first two gears from 6mm to 8mm cause I was worried they would slip off. I also changed the buttons to slimmer and wider design. For the gear stands I used pop-rivets. For the motor I used a 6rpm dc motor. I also used a dc powered color changing LED light strip around the inside of the frame. I sanded many of the gear teeth so it ran quieter. Printed my gears in black ABS and Glow-In-the-Dark ABS. People ask me if this was my original design, but I give the credit to you. Thanks.

Sounds great! If you want, post some pictures. It's always interesting to se how the idea develops. :)

Thanks friend.
Great Project. i made one.

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Hi again, when I bought the LEDBERG lights back in the day, you got the small connection-cables in the kit. Now days they have change the kit I can see... Then the only option is to solder small connection cables in between the strips manually...
Or you can use this one: http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/products/60116540/
Or this one: http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/products/40192361/

I am getting a lot of gear meshing noise on mine, any suggestion on how to make better? Did you have this on yours?

When I did some test runs I noticed that if the gears sit to tight they make noise. Also the small spacers under and above the gear should not be too tight on to the gear. I actually sanded some parts a bit to smooth them a bit.

Thanks for the advice. I will try your suggestions about sanding them.

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I don't understand? Do you want a photo of the frame from above?

I think I used a 4 RPM motor... Let me see if I can find the link...

You can actually see how many of the gears you need by checking the file names.
All names have numbers. "Tray 1-3" = Three of that tray, "Tray 4-6" = Three of that tray, "Tray 7" = One of that, "Tray 8" = One of that and so on. Then it's kind of easy to figure it out. I don't have any list, and I did not name the gears so it's a little hard to describe... :)

you said you used two sets of some gears what files did you use twice?

If the tray name is "Tray 1-3" then that tray is printed 3 times. So if the tray has one gear on it, that gear is used 3 times and so on. :)

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I love this! Can you give me a list of what parts you made to make the painting?

Hi, all the parts are on this page.
If you download the "Gear_Painting.skp" you can see the whole setup. As a frame I used KEAs RIBBA: http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/products/60078034/#/20078050
That's it. :)

Nice Thing! Can you tell us, how much Filament you used for the whole projekt? (im meters or kg)

Hi, I'm sorry. I don't have a clue. I just printed and didn't think of measuring at all. At the time I was impressed that the printer could produce fully working gears. That sure was a long time ago... :)

also, did you build your huxley from a kit? if so, which one did you choose? it looks great!

Hi Peter,

Thank you!

Yes, I built it from a kit. I got the kit from a IndieGoGo campaign that eMaker had this summer: http://www.indiegogo.com/eMAKER-Huxley-3D-printer-kitshttp://www.indiegogo.com/eMAKE...

It was a "beta" machine and I believe they will sell it later on on their site: http://www.emakershop.com/http://www.emakershop.com/ (there is actually one on sale now). :)

Har några frågor ang. din 3d printer.
Kan du maila david.engstrom at http://gmail.comgmail.com



Hej David,

Jag har skickat e-post till dig men inte h
ört något.
Kom det inte fram?

wow, this is fab !! how much ?? I don't have 3d printer ...

Hi Alekzz,

Thank you very much!

The Gear Painting is not for sale. :)

You should really get yourself a 3D-Printer. It's the future.

And it's fun! :)

Ive seen some glow in the dark PLA/ABS filament out there. Its expensive but it would add another cool element to this piece if you could control the lighting independently of the gear movement!

That could definitely spice things up! :)

Have you tried any square gears?

Hehe, nope. I kept it simple. I was thinking of making it in two layers. Then it would have been posible to do some really fancy gears. But maybe next time. Or maybe someone else make it... :)

As a matter of interest.... if folks also posted DXF files....then us poor folk with only a laser

engraver could also "print" gears...

Your gears look cool.... but I'll bet you never made 'em from thin wood strips...


Agreed. :) This is the reason I publish everything. You can find all gears in the sketchup file. Then you can export to whatever you want. :)

And you are right, I've never made any gears from wood. But it would be cool to do! :)

That's simply gorgeous! Nice work!

Hypnotic and inspiring! :)

Completely awesome! I love those gear designs.

Is that 3mm filament that goes into your bowden extruder? How do you prevent ooze from it? With a special firmware?

I have a bowden machine and fought ooze for six months until I changed my hotend and was able to print at a much lower temperature which got rid of all the ooze.

This was printed with a 3mm bowden cable http://www.thingiverse.com/derivative:14586http://www.thingiverse.com/der...

Sublime: Changed the hot end to what?


Nope it's actually 1.75mm through bowden but the machine is a Huxley eMaker. And it has its own firmware and version of protface. :-)

Very cool! Needs a spiral gear for extra hypnotic effect. :)


It reminds me, some years ago I collected all the gears I can find in "correction tape roller" or in electronic stuff; and finally use all of them in a similar kinetic sculpture for an art project.
But what could have been done if I had a 3Dprinter at this time... ^^

this looks really cool. good work!