3D CAD Users Take On Classic Movements

In 1908, Henry T. Brown published his venerable, classic technical reference guide Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements. If you even have a passing interest in engineering (and we’re going to assume you have more than just a passing interest) the book helped set the stage for new technology and how things were – and still are – designed for modern use—long before the 3D CAD era.

 Here’s a page from the book that helped inspire generations of dreamers, thinkers, and engineers:


Mechanical motion illustrated in the era before 3D CAD

 If you’ve read the book, this kind of imagery should look familiar. The entire book is available on Google, because, you know, Google.)

 Though fine and dandy (like one would say at the turn-turn of the century), a gentleman by the name of Matt Keveney recently took many of the classic illustrations from the book to the next level by scanning, lovingly retouching, and animating images to visually illustrate how they work and move. Here’s a screen cap of one of the animated illustrations:


Sample mechanical movement design

To see these animations in action, go to Keveney’s page and click on a couple. They really are amazing.

Keveney says his animations were “implemented with a custom JavaScript library, which uses an HTML 5 Canvas element.” We were so transfixed by his animations that we shared them in a recent post on Creo’s Facebook page

3D CAD users take on historic movements

As we guessed, hundreds of “likes” and shares followed. But followers also wanted to know how they could animate their own models using Creo.

Of course. If you’re inspired to try your own hand at animating objects, check out the free tutorials on the PTC University Learning Exchange. Or, check out the tutorial one Creo user already developed on how to draw a parametric oval gear using Creo Mechanism. He also shared a video of what his animated object looks like (and it’s in 3D!). Check it out here:



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