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Basic mechanisms

briefly some basic mechanisms


a lever is a rigid object with pivot point used to multiply the mechanical force of an object

it has input – pivot point-output

examples: seesaw hammer when removing nails crowbar also




A crank is simply an off-center connection that provides energy to (or takes energy from) a rotating wheel.


Slider crank mechanisms

he crank slider turns a circular motion in an oscillating movement and a vertical movement. The larger the distance between the wheel and the plane green brown, the lower the oscillation of the highest point of the red stick

Crank slider.gif


The cam piston transforms a circular motion in a vertical movement. The larger the diameter of the wheel, the greater the vertical stroke of the red stick.



we can use extra motion ( for exmple from a crank) to add extra movement

A linkage can be made from levers, cranks and connecting elements. They are use to change direction or amount of motion



Cams generally do the opposite job to cranks: they turn rotary motion into reciprocating motion.

Eccentric cam

The eccentric cam transforms a circular motion in a vertical movement. the vertical excursion of the red stick changes as a function of the varying diameter of the cam.


Jumping Cam

The shape of the cam creates a jump during the movement of the red stick. In this way can produce abrupt and sudden movements.




can be used to give intermittent or stepped motion. Also used to give rotation in one direction only

The cam rotates the large wheel of an eighth for each revolution. The blue slider prevents the large wheel can turn in the opposite.



A gear or cogwheel is a rotating machine part having cut teeth, or cogs, which mesh with another toothed part to transmit torque.

Geared devices can change the speed and power delivered.


two gears, one half as big as the other, have a gear ratio of 2:1. The smaller gear has to spin twice to cover the same distance covered when the larger gear spins once.

Gear reducer.gif

A great generator!


A drive is a method of connection rotation shafts together

the drive can involve gearing, changing direction or rotation of the shafts.

A bike chain is a POSITIVE DRIVE cannot slip ( it is kept locked to the sprocket wheel ) , while wheels slip if they are under resistance ( break) and they stop turning, that is FRICTION, pulleys also work by friction.