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Looking for locking “lanyard” reel mechanism

I'm working on a system that requires a small cord (~3ft long) to retract up into a reel and lock in place so it cannot be pulled away from the reel. Sort of like a seatbelt mechanism after it's been ...
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Bi-directional gearbox

I want to design and create a gearbox that allows an input shaft to be continuously rotating in one direction, while the output shaft rotates one full turn in the same direction but then half a turn ...
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Push-to-eject mechanism

I'm currently designing some small-scale robots capable of both melee and laser-tag combat. For the melee component, I'd like to create small, ejectable panels that hide the laser-tag receivers. When ...
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Velocity and Acceleration Polygons for Mechanism

I need to determine the velocity and acceleration of point H using vector equations and drawing a polygon. Given data is shown. $\omega$2 is 5.8 rad/s and $\phi$2 is 120 degrees I know how I can draw ...
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static friction of gear pair

Im working on a project that has gearing system integrated. From my simulation results im dealing with a relatively small amount of input force at the gearbox and would like to know if the force would ...
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How to attach a metal rod to an air cylinder?

I have signed up for an engineering class, and the first project is purely mechanical. I've never done mechanical work, so this is quite interesting to me. I have come up with the following project - ...
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Is a pneumatic cylinder in general a linear or rotary actuator?

I've just begun to learn pneumatics and I'm really confused where the pneumatic cylinder falls under in the categorization of what kind of mechanical motion it is suppose to produce. I've seen one ...
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How might a clockwork mechanism be built, to behave in a pseudo-random or chaotic way?

My brother asked me how I might build a functioning alethiometer, which is a fictional device superficially resembling an analog pocket watch, but with essentially random movements. I told him I would ...
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Want to simulate a mechanism with spring in it for forces acting in different direction (Kinematics). How to do it using solidworks or ANSYS? [closed]

Thought of using motion study in Solidworks but not able to account for forces at the different axis in it here is the image to better understand it. There hasn't been any progress with the ...
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Linkage between two vertically and horizontally offset wheels

I'm trying to drive a wheel with a radius of 20cm that is 20cm above the motor and horizontally offset by 20cm from the motor, similar to the following: I wonder what a good linkage might be for a ...
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vertical rack and pinion self-stopping

There are many places I see a knob used to set the vertical position of an object (like in a microscope stand), but how does it not just simply slide down due to gravity once the knob is released. It'...
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Can this SpaceX Starlink ground station antenna's gear mechanism move it in both altitude and azimuth?

Ars Technica's Teardown of “Dishy McFlatface,” the SpaceX Starlink user terminal links to the YouTube video Starlink Teardown: DISHY DESTROYED! and a screenshot from there is shown below. There are ...
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Sprokets on rotating body

Sorry I'm having a migrane and can't think rn, which is why I am posting such a basic question for confirmation... The above diagram shows two sprockets on a beam which is attached to a driven gear. ...
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Help in synthesizing cam profile (oscillating cam and oscillating follower)

I am using Matlab to plot contour of the cam. So far, I understand how to use angular displacement relation between cam and follower to get the profile, pressure angle, torques etc. What I aim to do ...
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Where to connect the tubes on the refrigerator compressor to operate by using hand?

I am trying to operate the compressor of a refrigerator using my hand. I have opened the case of the refrigerator compressor and removed the part responsible for the compression. I have made a gearbox ...
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Mecanum wheels begin to make robot spin around rather than move to the side

I am using mecanum wheels to steer my robot which I am programming using an arduino. The main problem that I am having is that whenever I attempt to make the robot move sideways like this: Instead ...
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Right angle gearbox, proper name or design

I'm looking for right angle gearbox, but everything is horrible expensive or in parts like two bevel gears from aliexpress. Where I can find or how to name transmission like this in the picture but in ...
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Determine the angular velocity and angular acceleration of the AB bar at the instant shown

Consider a sliding cursor C that is fixed to the disk which has a constant angular velocity counterclockwise at 4 rad/s. Determine the angular velocity and angular acceleration of the AB bar at the ...
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Retractable cable mechanism

I am working (as a hobbyist) on a motion system where there be electrical cable (multi-core for signaling) going to the moving part. I have considered multiple solutions to connecting the cable to the ...
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What is the purpose of the ink delivery disks found in most rollerball pens

See picture. In most rollerball pens there are those peculiar looking disks near the nib, the purpose of which I have not yet figured out, apart from being some kind of ink reservoir/flow control. ...
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Lowest temperature at which a spring powered mechanical wrist or pocket watch will stop operating

In the Wired article 9 Russian Adventurers Mysteriously Froze to Death. A New Theory Explains Why, it is stated that: Without body heat to keep it warm, in such cold weather—estimated to be –13 ...
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Multiturn rotational limit switches

I would like to automate a door lock. For reasons I won't get into, I'm not allowed to modify the lock itself, I can only attach things to the "safe side" of the door. On this safe side, ...
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Automatic compression of springs

I am trying to design something for a friend, but am struggling to come up with the mechanics. Can you help? So imagine a long extendable pole, like a bow staff. Imagine after pulling out a "peg&...
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Looking for feedback on a lift bed power lift mechanism

I built a king size lift bed. I want to add a powered lift mechanism to raise and lower it to access the storage area under it. In order to get the height I want when the bed is raised, I'll need ...
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Solenoid with 3mm stroke and ~1ms response time possible?

I need to extend and retract a needle as fast as possible with dwell time while retracted, while one option I really like would be to use Scotch Yoke with dwell. However that would mean the stroke and ...
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Tiny sliding mechanism

I have been trying to build a sliding keyboard phone attachment for a while now, but can't seem to get anywhere. Basically, I want to combine my Moto Z Play with this cheap, generic bluetooth keyboard....
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Do you know any mechanism that can pass a thread through several holes?

Well i am stuck trying to figure out this problem, actulally i see a machine that can make it with a torus, a torus coilling machine. But that not work with a multi turus shape. I want to automate ...
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Controlling torque required to turn a shaft

I have an shaft/crank that will be turned by the user. I want to precisely and dynamically control the torque required to do so. For simplicity we can think of it as a exercise machine (so the torque ...
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How to pull on one side, while keeping an angle?

I have the following setup, consisting of a bar attached to another bar via a ball joint (indicated by a circle, and attached to the wall over a pulley with a weight at the end (the small "kg&...
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calculating the minimum force needed to lift a rigid awning - class 3 lever problem

I am building a camper and one idea is to have an extra 4 solar panels as an awning bolted to a a rigid frame, hinged to the camper at the top. It hangs down the side of the camper. I will use one ...
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What mechanism do safety belts use to engage?

Earlier today I came across a creep testing machine that uses a safety belt as a mechanism for stopping loads from hitting the ground. It is probably the first time I saw a safety belt roll outside of ...
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Can you get the ratchet mechanism out of a socket wrench by itself? Anyone know where if so?

Title pretty much says it all; looking for a reversible ratchet hub for a special latch that I'm designing. Definitely open to any ideas/sources that the community at large might have. Thanks!
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How high will a flywheel catapult launch a payload?

First off, this is not a homework question or anything like that. I'm trying to build a catapult to launch a payload using a flywheel as an energy device! It goes like this: The flywheel spins up to ...
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Mechanism for indicating the direction of a shaft's rotation

I have a shaft, which will change its direction of rotation somewhat randomly in response to external disturbances, without a ton of speed/torque. I need to figure out a mechanism I can use to actuate ...
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High articulation joints

Looking for advice or suggestions for high articulation joints (>57°) for an automotive halfshaft. Peak operating conditions are in the ballpark of ~1000RPM, ~300ft-lb torque. I've considered u-...
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Rotation around an axis outside of the mechanism

I want to design a system of linkages that will allow me to rotate the green element around the blue point/axis without entering the red circle. The green triangle to go fully around the blue point. I ...
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What type to mechanical joint to achive Slide then Rotation motion

I have two parts (Green and red fixed) i want to connect them with a joint (Blue) that permit the green one to slide outwards then rotate. Side View (Right part) a simple pivot point doesn't work ...
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Mechanism for controlling the clamping force

I am working on upgrading a research project on wind energy. They are trying to measure the performance of wind blade designs in a small wind tunnel (i.e. their models are relatively small). What they ...
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What is a constricting actuator called?

I'm looking for search terms, I'd like to find something like an electric hose clamp - a high-force, low-power, low-speed, motorized constricting mechanism. I already googled some terms various ...
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How to trace a square with a reuleaux triangle

I am trying to trace a square (with rounded corners) using a reuleaux triangle and a single (circular rotation) motor. I've seen many animations (example) of this but do not understand how to make it. ...
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How is linear motion achieved in this automatic blackboard eraser?

In the animation shown below what can be the mechanism used for this purpose? I know it can be achieved by using rack and pnion gear arrangement. But how are this set up arranged in classroom ...
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product to tackle problem of senior citizens of our society who forget to take pills due to Memory Loss [closed]

For a lot of senior citizens of our society, taking medications is a necessity. Although necessary,it can be tedious sometimes. More often, these patients forget to take pills due to Memory Loss. Is ...
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What can be the mechanism used in devising a machine that can arrange the dishes properly to make the cleaning faster in the messes/hotels [closed]

In hotels/messes the used plates are often placed haphazardly, and the workers need to pick the plates carefully to clean them. This leads to longer washing times and longer waiting times for ...
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How is mechanism used in modern projector different from intermittent mechanism used in conventional one?

Do modern projector used for digital class works on same old conventional intermittent mechanism and blocking of light during change of frame. What is principal used in modern projector?
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What is the reason for the intermittent motion and blocking of light during change of frame in Conventional projector?

Conventional Film projectors do not advance from one frame to another by continuous movement of the reels. What is the reason for the intermittent motion and blocking of light during change of frame ...
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I have seen this paper about the Omnidirectional Treadmill With CAD model ( with tiny rollers on it): Which compered its prototype with infinadeck as shown below: but don't see those roller in ...
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Gear mechanism for automatic gate

I have a sliding gate installed on my compound wall. I want to control the gate opening/closing with a motor. I have the electronic circuitry to control motor start/stop. I m thinking about attaching ...
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Torque acting on a rotating wedge due to a linear force parallel to the axis of rotation

Let's say I have a wedge which can only be rotated about a fixed axis perpendicular to the ground. There is a cam follower mechanism constrained to vertical movement with a ball roller on the end ...