# TOOLS

## Gearing Ratio Calculator

Check out the Beta version my Lego Technic Gearing Ratio Calculator Tool:

This tool allows you to upload your Lego Technic project .ldr file and analyse the gearing ratios between any two connected gears or axles. Currently supports most gears, axles, worm gears, some differentials, cv joints and universal joints. See the video tutorial on how to use it. It is a work in progress and I would love to hear your feedback on it. Click here to try it out.

Note: As of 25 Septemeber 2021 the tool supports CV joints, linear speed via the radius of the component and improves on the frame rate for higher numbers of parts in a model).

## Technic Elbow Art

This is a tool to create "Lego Technic Elbow Art" - a series of intertwined elbow pieces as a single sequence. Choose your dimensions and search parameters and search for new dense solutions and set a record!

# Lego Fantom Wallet Opener

1 Jun 2021

The purpose of this Lego Technic project was to design a demonstration unit for the Fantom Wallet (fantomwallet.com) - a slimline wallet for holding credit cards. The lego technic mechanism opens and closes the Fantom Wallet uses a 4 state cycle based on an earlier design of a 4 state multi-function gearbox (https://youtu.be/AdWiViLtmdk) that switches between two outputs using the reverse directions of the motor for state changes. That gearbox drives one output at a time in either the forward or reverse direction which was exactly needed for the Fantom Wallet opener. One output drives the opening mechanism and the other output drives the closing mechanism. In the lego technic Fantom Wallet opener the states are driven by the orange rotary catch component and changed by one length 2 liftarm driving another and using a 90 degree stepper.

# More to explore

## Lego Technic Gearing Ratio Calculator Tool

16 Jul 2021

Here I present my new Lego Technic Gearing Ratio Calculator tool. This tool allows you to upload your Lego Technic .ldr (Lego Draw) file and it will simulate the gearing system and visualize it as well as showing the gearing ratios relative to the input component.

The tool can be accessed...read more

## Lego Technic Dual Function Gearbox

3 Mar 2021

This gearbox solves the problem of needing three lego technic motors to remotely control a car with 3 functions namely driving, steering and gear changing capability. The lego gearbox implements two functions at once by exploiting the direction of rotation of the driving motor and ...read more

## Lego Technic 1,000,000,000 to one gearing MOC

27 Mar 2020

This Lego Technic MOC has over a billion to 1 gearing ratio. It is designed to resemble an architectural tower structure. I measure the input speed of over 3000 RPM using a digital tachometer and calculate the rate of rotation of the tower top to be about 222 days per rotation.

## Lego Technic New 12/20 Gear High Speed Friction Test

21 May 2022

The Lego Technic set 42140 App-Controlled Transformation Vehicle introduces two new gears - a flat version of the 12 tooth bevel gear and a flat version of the 20 tooth bevel gear. These gears are designed to have less friction.

In this follow up video I measure the high speed difference ...read more

## New Flat 12/20 Gear Friction

23 Apr 2022

The Lego Technic set 42140 App-Controlled Transformation Vehicle introduces two new gears - a flat version of the 12 tooth bevel gear and a flat version of the 20 tooth bevel gear. These gears are designed to have less friction.

In this video I measure the difference in gearing efficiency...read more

## Lego Technic Powered Up Tutorial 2 - Speed Control

19 Feb 2022

This is my second Lego Technic Powered Up Tutorial that focusses on Lego Technic motor speed control using the Powered Up hub and Powered Up programming interface. The Lego Powered Up App is run on a Samsung Android tablet. I demonstrate how to set and control the power level applied to a motor.<...read more

## Measuring Gearbox Efficiency

6 Nov 2021

This video describes a method for measuring the efficiency of a gearbox using the Lego Technic Powered Up hub. Gearbox efficiency is defined as the ratio of the output power to the input power and here I show how to measure each of these values to allow you to calculate the overall efficiency.read more

## Lego Technic RC Forklift

15 Oct 2021

Here I present a Lego Technic Remote Control Forklift model. The model uses articulated steering implemented with a Power Functions Servo motor, and is powered by a PF Large motor. The forks are raised and lowered with two PF medium motors driving worm gears which in turn drive via a 24 tooth clu...read more