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Double Crank with Pushrods



This double crank push-rod mechanism features a pair of push rods driven at 180° to each other. As one goes down, the other goes up. Use it as the starting point for your own character based automata or perhaps as an excercise in pure mechanism.

Members can download the parts for free at the link, non-members can join in the fun for £2.50/$3.75

Print out the parts onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) I used coloured card for a colourful model. Score all the dotted and dashed lines. Cut out the holes then cut out the parts.

The push rod ends are made from double thickness card. Fold them over and glue them down then once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.

Roll up the axles and glue them lining up the edges as accurately as possible.

Thread two push rod ends onto a ‘centre’ axle. Glue the crank ends to the marked areas on the push rods.

Assemble the three crank parts.

Assemble the handle in three steps as shown.

Glue together the crank parts and axles as shown to make the crank assembly.

Fold round and glue the top and base making right angle triangle tubes.

Fold round and glue the tabs on the sides.

Glue the two sides to the top.

Thread the push rods up through the holes in the lid then fit the crank into place.

Glue the base into place.

Finish off the model by gluing on the handle.

Included in the latest version of the file are two stops which you can glue to the box top to limit the range of motion of the push rods. Glue them to the box top as appropriate to your design.

This Essential Mechanism was originally planned as a starting point for a stilt walking automata though I am sure it will have a whole host of other uses!

3 reviews for Double Crank Mech

  • Hi Rob, thanks for the new DC

    Hi Rob, thanks for the new DC X mechanism. When I turn the handle CW the pushrods tend to stay towards the back of the base. When I turn the handle CCW the pushrods go flipity-flop with wild swings back and forth. Would I be correct to assume you’ll need a couple of slider tubes in order to limit the amount of travel on pushrods? Or would the charactor/figure be able to do that on its own? 

    • Yeah, I should have mentioned

      Yeah, I should have mentioned that in the description. If you are not connecting the push rods to anything then I suggest that you have only a short slot in the top, not much longer than the width of the push rod.


  • Please disregard the last

    Please disregard the last post. A character on stilts wouldn’t use a crank slider type mechanism. 

  • You were just seeing if we

    You were just seeing if we were paying attention… I get ya…

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