Mechanical linkage modeling program needed
Posted on 1999-11-16
I need a graphical representation of mechanical linkages. Can't find a time out there in cyberville except hi-end CAD/CAM stuff.
I did already try a program called Universal Mechanism Junior, but it either doesn't allow what I need or I just couldn't figure it out :(
The program I envision is like a simple drawing program, or even select, drag and place pre-drawn components in the right locations. You would need arms (adjustable lengths) , joints, bellcranks, pivots, cable, cranks, pulleys etc. Just the simple stuff. Don't need any stress and strain data (yet). It should be able to connect parts and then simulate moving a lever for example or applying other forces and loads and watch the complete assembly move to test throw, leverage, range, etc.
I dabbled in machine code and basic on a C64 many years ago, but have no idea even which language to learn to program something like this on a PC running win95.
If anyone knows of (or can write) something like this, please let me know. Besides my need for it I could see a big demand for it in the education of basic mechanics in schools.