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! 

Download your Elbow Art as an .ldr file and build it yourself. Click here to try it out!

Lego Technic MOC Trammel of Archimedes - "Do Nothing Machine"

15 Apr 2020

Here I demonstrate a "Do Nothing Machine" also knows as a Trammel of Archimedes built out of Lego Technic. Although it is known as a do nothing machine you can in fact use it to draw an ellipse! In the second half of the video the mathematics are shown to prove the elliptical shape that can be drawn.

More to explore

Lego Technic MOC 256 Speed Gearbox

18 Apr 2020

 

Here I present a 256 speed gearbox controlled by 8 switches. This design is based on a 2 differential N to P gear ratio design presented in one of my other videos. The gearbox allows 256 different gearing ratios to be selected including 1:44, 1:34, 1:33, 1:32, 1:28, 1:27, 1:24, 1:2...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.

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PI Day Lego Technic MOC using two lego differentials

14 Mar 2020

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

Lego Technic MOC 63 Speed Gearbox, including reverse!

5 Mar 2020

 

Here I demonstrate a 63 speed selectable gear box using 6 selectors. The gearbox implements all gear ratios from -32:1 to 31:1. Five differentials are used for this design. Interestingly it has trouble when inverting the input and outputs. The build instructions for this lego techn...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 100 Part 4 Speed Gearbox

6 Mar 2022

This video shows how to make a Lego Technic 4 Speed gearbox using 100 parts. The gearbox is a manual gearbox makes gearing ratios of 1/3, 5/9, 1/1 and 5/3.

The gearbox is demonstrated by hand and by using a Lego Technic Large Power functions motor.

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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