Monday, March 26, 2007

testing a nanotube output shaft

So to test some ideas for the output shaft I pulled out my old three-gear test and inserted another copy of the large gear. Here the pinion gear, large gear and "shaft" are turning on rotary jigs. I was hoping I could use the sulfur atoms on the end of the gears as teeth, looks like I can. By keeping the output shaft and output gear separate pieces I might be able to fulfill a grand vision of using a linear motor to build a type of clutch that engages the output shaft to the output gear. Now I will build the actual output shaft by extending a copy of the large gear slightly and placing the teeth at the end of the gear. Or I was thinking of trying to make some beveled gears. That would look pretty cool.