Sunday, May 20, 2007
a promising start to the new design
First it looks like my estimation for the simulation was way off, in a good way. This animation was compiled from a 1000 frame/100 steps per frame simulation, and it only took 14 hours. Not bad. The sluggishness I was experiencing during construction did not carry over to the simulation. I believe this makes since because building the part, lots of rotations and view changes, may have taxed my video card and ram, and the speed of the simulation would depend more on the processor. That's my theory anyway. For the record, at a half gig, my computer could stand an upgrade. Also I am using an ATI Radeon 9500 video card, so not top of the line there either.
Maybe my dreams of falling asleep in the penumbra of a processor farm will have to wait, but I am sure I will need it someday, all rack mounted, dozens of twinkling LEDs tapping out messages from the future in pseudo-morse, radiator fins on the roof blazing the IR spectrum like some techno-creature in heat. Yes, someday.
I know this simulation was way too short to see if this design will ultimately work, but for right now I just want to make sure nothing started flying off the thing. Nothing did. You can see that the pinion starts to twist the casing too. Next I will anchor the casing at the corners (just imagine this casing is bonded to some monolithic substrate) and run a long simulation.
More to follow.