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Published on April 30th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


The Gear Project 2

Materials: RIBBA 25×25 photo frame, 3D-printer, imagination and lots of time.

Description: I don’t know if you will call this a hack. It is built around the IKEA RIBBA frames. But there are lots more to it.

Over all it is a kinetic piece of art. I got the idea after I had created the “Gear Painting“. If I could print gears… Then why not universal joints? After some testing there was no way back, I just had to do it. :)

I designed the project in SketchUp and printed out all the parts that was not metal and frames. Lot’s of effort was put in to measuring distances and cutting holes in the frames.

All parts that spins sits on ball bearings for a smooth and quiet operation.

The LEDs are controlled with a small remote and the movement can be turned of with a Nexa remote socket breaker.

This is a very short description of the project. But I have a more detailed version here.

You can also download all the drawings and STL:s from Thingiverse here.

I will add a small movie as soon as I have made one. :)

~ Erik Pettersson, Enköping, Sweden

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

10 Responses to The Gear Project 2

  1. essay says:

    You made and awesome use of 3D printer really…your project really required lots of imagination there and therefore, it went out with such an awesome result…!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    OMG my boy who has Autism is totally wrapped in this, he keeps staring at it – just gorgeous, if only I could pull it off!!

  3. Snille says:

    Thank you all!
    It was a pleasure tu build it all…
    And now it’s a pleasure to watch it all… :)

    Again, thank you for all your compliments!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful, original, and I need to have it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow!!!love it

  6. becslb says:

    This is fab! I know my hubby would love this as a work of art in our house!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Not only would my husband love this as a piece of art in our house, so would I!
    How fun!

  8. Anonymous says:

    That is an awesome project! Congratulations! :)

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