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These Non-Gear Shaped Gears Work Better Than You’d Expect

These are the manic pixie dream gears you’ve been waiting for

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Being a cog in the machine has long been a way to express monotony, boredom and the lack of creativity. But whoever coined that phrase clearly never saw these cogs. 

This video by Clayton Boyer shows how to make organically shaped gears that look like they shouldn’t work. Basically, all you have to do is cut one odd shaped gear, and then trace its path to make sure the rest of your odd shaped gears line up nicely. The end product probably won’t contribute to any sort of heavy industry, but it does look really cool:

You can download plans for Boyer’s self proclaimed “weird gears” here at his website. The downloads include instructions for a whole slew of oddly shaped gears, as well as plans for a twelve-sided Geneval wheel. 

These are the manic pixie dream gears you’ve been waiting for. 

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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