animate/simulate a machine

Hi,

I try to animate/simulate a machine that works like these old train wheels. I created some wheels and some rod between them. Now I thought about using some armatures to connect them. Then if I rotate the first one in an animation all others are rotated also. Or the last rod is loose and does a fixated stroke.

I made a screenshot of what I currently have. It’s the attempt to change a cycle move to a stroke move. (blue is motor and red, yellow are wheels and yellow is a fixating hole). Or is blender not the correct tool for this simulation stuff and I should use ODE (The open dynamic engine) or other apps for this?

http://brachttal.net/blender/tmp/machine1.jpg

Could this been done in blender with armatures? Any ideas or tips?

regards
Andreas

This thread should help you

http://www.elYsiun.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=32900

GreyBeard

Yes, exact the thing I searched. I’ll later see how it works. Is there also a tutorial about constraints available. I found something in the user guide, but a tutorial would be great.

regards
Andreas