Bizarre Gear Configurations That Boggle the Mind

#Technology

Wed, May 30th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

From the core77 design magazine comes this intriguing article about bizarre gears. You're going to look at these shapes and shake your head that, no, these can't possibly work. And yet, they spin perfectly.

They're side by side, and yet they all turn in the same freaking direction. My brain almost broke looking at them. I figured that the guy who invented these surely used some sophisticated 3D software that artificially boosted his capabilities, like some engineering version of steroids. Then I found out it was patented way back in 1988 by a Renault engineer named Mercier. Not a lot of 3D workstations around back then (though it's possible).

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