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 PU 2 Speed Automatic Gearbox
This video presents a lego technic two speed automatic gearbox using two motors and the Powered Up (PU) lego technic control system. Each motor uses a pivoting gear to either connect to it's gear to the left when rotating in the forward direction or to the gear to the right when reversing. This allows the gearbox to switch between four different states to produce a high gear and a low gear in the forward direction as well as a high and low gear in reverse.
The motors are disengaged from the main gearing output by moving the pivot to the center.
The high gearing ration is 4/9 and the low gearing is 4/27 (one third on the high gear).
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