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The Art of Mechanical Design

 

Gearotic Motion is primarily a Gear Template Generator. Its true purpose is to create dxf's for further processing by various CAD/CAM programs. It has capabilities far beyond just creating DXF's though, it can produce 1:1 scale printouts for scrollsaw gear cutting, STL files for 3d printing, 3d solids for various CAD usage, and finally G-Code for users of programs such as Mach3. In addition, it has a graphic simulation mode that allows the user to think about how to make a device, or determine other factors he may want to consider. It will provide some statistics about gear ratio's, sizes , centering and such and is a fun, easy to use mode that is virtually drag and drop for mechanism creation.

GM now includes a second program codenamed during development as Gearotic Thoughts. Its purpose is to ensure closed manifold STL's for 3d printers. IT is very handy for printing pulleys, gears and mechanisms for 3d printers and will eventually replace GM. An icon will appear on your desktop for GT if you install the latest DEV version of the software.

It is our hope that GM will allow what in the past could be done by dedicated hobbiests to be done by the more casual hobbiest. Gearotic Motion is written by Art Fenerty, the original creator of the Mach series of machine controllers. It is supported by Art , and by Bob Landry, a fellow Gearhead. Our forum is meant for anyone interested in making gears easily, and we hope it becomes a gathering spot for users to share their ideas or results. So whether your interest is in clockworks, window openers, whirlygigs or rube-goldberg machines, we hope you find a comfortable spot to meet and discuss such things.