Who doesn’t love a kinetic sculpture? If I was an inanimate object, my one dream you ask? To be made into a kinetic sculpture of some sort. Preferably one that is cool, mesmerizing and makes people question their sanity. One like this simple, and quite beautiful, kinetic sculpture modeled by GrabCAD user trinityscsp.

Inspired by Jennifer Townley’s Asinas sculpture, he modeled up a less elegant stand and gear assembly using a 57HS22 stepper motor. There two helixes, rotating opposite each other, contain sixty-five sections each which increase in size towards the middle.

Modeled in SolidWorks 2015 (with all SolidWorks files included, along with parasolid (.x_t), obj, 3ds, iges and and Simlab files), everything but the motor could easily be broken down into 3D printable components. In fact, all the major pieces are already separate. So, here’s the challenge: 3D print this sucka and share a video of it in action.

You can download the files here on GrabCAD.

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.