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post #1 of 5 Old 11-03-2013, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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This machine was inspired by dreaming about gear ratios and considering the unexpected implications of exponential powers.

Each worm/worm gear pair reduces the speed of the motor by 1/50th. Since there are 12 pairs of gears, the final speed reduction is calculated by (1/50)12. The implications are quite large. With the motor turning around 200 revolutions per minute, it will take well over two trillion years before the final gear makes but one turn. Given the truth of this situation, it is possible to do anything at all with the final gear, even embed it in concrete.



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post #2 of 5 Old 11-03-2013, 09:04 AM
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Now that's what I call gear reduction. Michelangelo wouldn't have lived long enough to create anything with a machine like this.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-03-2013, 06:04 PM
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Actually, planalp, you're nipping at the origin of the world's first COMPUTER!

Babbage's "difference engine," and "analytical engine" depended upon gear ratios for programmable computations:

http://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/engines/

If more precise and repeatable machining techniques had been available in the early 1800s, Babbage would have had the world by the tail!
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If more precise and repeatable machining techniques had been available in the early 1800s, Babbage would have had the world by the tail!
Instead, his name is now popularly associated with crappy, low-grade marijuana..........



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Now I know why the new clutch in my Nissan Frontier cost $$1,500!?!?!?

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