“346 Quintillion (346 x 10^18) Years! Even the universe (most probably) won’t see the full rotation of the last gear!
Arthur Ganson built an inspiring sculpture named “Machine with Concrete” composed of 12 stages of 1/50 ratio gears all connected together. The first gear rotates at 200 rpm, full rotation takes 1/200 minutes. Guess the last gear’s (which is buried in concrete) full rotation time: 13.7 Billion (10^12) years!
No matter how fast you rotate the first gear, your effort diminishes inside the system. Life is and feels similarly. We do lots of things and those add very little to the universe. So the best we can do is to do what we like and what makes us happy!
So, we created a similar project, INFINITY GEARS, in a more compact form with rotation-counter switches at different stages, powered by an Arduino Uno. We rotate the first gear with a 250 rpm DC geared motor.
Guess the full rotation time of our last gear !? ———> Wait for it ———-> 346 Quintillion (346 x 10^18) Years! Even the universe (most probably) won’t see the full rotation! That’s why we designed that last gear as a “Non-Rotatable square gear”.
All gears in our project are 3D Printed in colors except 5 Black ones, which have small magnets on them (+1 black gear on the motor shaft, does not have a magnet). Their rotations are counted by reed switches + LEDs which are connected to an Arduino Uno + 2x16 LCD.”