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Computers & Programming

Geneva Mechanism Simulation

While wandering around the web looking for interesting mechanisms, I stumbled upon, for the gazillionth time, Geneva mechanisms. Even though I had looked at Geneva mechanisms more times than I can count, this time I discovered something interesting; A Geneva mechanism can be built without the anti-slip disk….

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Linkage Program

Linkage Beta Improvements

I updated the Linkage beta software: https://www.rectorsquid.com/beta/linkage.msi Here are some of the recent changes and additions: Allow gears to be separated using the Split command Show RPM along with gear radius or diameter when auto-dimensions are on. Added push/pull options to the actuator settings so users don’t need…

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Linkage Program

Another Bridge Mechanism

I threw together this bridge after seeing some others on YouTube. I started with actuators in place of winches and cables and then moved to an actuator that would be a hydraulic cylinder or rack-and-pinion if built in real life. I’ll try to update this post with the…

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Linkage Program

Rolling Bridge Mechanism

The rolling bridge in Paddington London is a prime mechanism to reverse engineer and create with the Linkage software. This is a simple repeating mechanism that uses the vertically-oriented hydraulics to decrease the distance between the top portions of the individual trapezoids. The distance decreases as the center…

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Computers & Programming, Linkage Program

Linkage 3.15.3 Beta

I just updated the Linkage program beta version here: https://www.rectorsquid.com/beta/linkage.msi This is a 64-bit Windows desktop program. Contact me to get the beta for Windows XP. I won’t be able to keep updated the Windows XP version forever since Microsoft is probably going to make the build tools…

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Linkage Program

Linkage 3.15.1 Beta

There is a new Beta test version of the Linkage software: https://www.rectorsquid.com/beta/linkage.msi The only significant difference from the previous version is a fix to keep the color of drawing elements when copying and pasting. Drawing elements might have also lost their color when saving files but I didn’t…

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Computers & Programming, Random Thoughts

“Intuitive” Software

in·tu·i·tive in-too-i-tivadjectiveusing or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive. I was told recently that the Linkage software was convoluted and not intuitive. This subjective opinion is perfectly valid and I cannot argue against it. I could probably compare the complexity of…

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Computers & Programming, Linkage Program

Linkage 3.15 Beta!

A new version of Linkage is available to test: http://www.rectorsquid.com/beta/linkage.msi This is version 3.15 or greater. It will get updated as I fix more bugs and tweak more features. Here are some recent changes, some of which might have already been released in previous versions: The control knobs…

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