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Looney Gears

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Published on Jul 20, 2012

Buy at http://www.shapeways.com/model/592699... Copyright (c) 2006-2012, M. Oskar van Deventer & Andreas Röver. Looney Gears is a strange eccentric planetary gearing system. Whereas normal planetary gear systems are symmetrical, this one has no symmetry whatsoever.

This particular set of gears was the result of a challenge by Oskar to Andreas Röver in 2006. Andreas found this nice set of all-primary-numbers gears which is about 0.01% exact.

At this moment, it is not known whether there exist exact solutions for this type of eccentric planetary gear systems. Oskar's conjecture is that no exact solution exists. It would make a nice math graduation project to prove the conjecture or find a counter example.

Animation: see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApD2pS...

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