# Lego Technic Binary Expansion of Pi

This Pi Day video demonstrates how to approximate a gearing ratio of Pi by representing Pi as a binary number and using differentials arranged in a chain formation to create the binary representation. Each differential implements 1 binary digit. If the binary digit is zero the differential can be replaced by a gearing ratio of a half to reduce the number of differentials required. This model has 23 binary digits and approximates Pi to 7 significant figures beating last year's model which approximated Pi to 6 significant figures using the continued fraction 355/113 and implemented using a differential pair. See the video https://youtu.be/fGg11gqZy8M.

This model has 202 gears and is almost 90cm long! The entire model is driven by a medium sized PF motor.

If you are interested in learning how to create a gearing ratio of N/P using differentials then check out this video https://youtu.be/ORvnzx36j2g

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## Lego Technic Pi Day Machine

Here I present a Pi Day special Lego Technic machine that produces a gearing ratio of Pi/8 using a 56mm wheel driving a 13x13 square wheel.

The correctness of the ratio is confirmed by matching it with output of a 2 differential gearing system that produces a ratio of 355/9...read more

## Lego Technic torque in practice - how to work with torque in automatic gearbox design

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

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## Lego Technic Gearing Ratio Calculator Tool

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The tool can be accessed...read more

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## Lego Technic Gearbox Theory Applied - how to apply theory to help design 2 speed automatic gearboxes

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## Lego Technic 3 Speed Automatic Gearbox

Here a Lego Technic 3 speed automatic gearbox is presented. The gearbox automatically switches between one of 3 gear ratios, namely a ratio of 1, 1/3rd and 1/9th depending on the load on the output. It uses two 2 speed automatic transmissions in series to create the three speed automatic ge...read more

## PI Day Lego Technic MOC using two lego differentials

Here I present a PI Day special Lego Technic MOC that produces a gearing ratio of the match constant PI to 6 decimal places. This is using two differentials to produce a gearing ratio of 355 to 113. Celebrate PI day 2020.

More details of how to design two differential Lego Technic gearing...read more