Friday, 20 March 2009

Overlapping mechanisms again.

Following a number of emails I received, I believe I should correct some impressions given by the previous post. I was not suggesting that I had an original idea that overlapping mechanisms might be the answer- I was just pointing out how common it is for people to design mechanisms which don't overlap.

As I have said elsewhere, I think I know what was in Bessler's wheel, and I can only use the word 'think', until I know for certain by building a model that works. Having said that and even though my design may or may not include an overlapping mechanism, I thought it might be useful to point out how few such designs include overlapping mechanisms. And there will be cases I'm sure, where even though the mechanism overlaps an adjacent one, that fact has no impact on the way the wheel works and it is just judicious use of all available space.

JC

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