Spitting into the wind(metaphorically)

BanditFlyer

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I think I can make Da Vinci's crazy human-powered ornithopter idea work.

Here's what I need:

1. Some concept of mechanical design and a software program that will help in it(maybe AutoCAD - I've never used it so I really don't know) . Are there any such open-source programs available - I've heard AutoCAD is very expensive

2. A tutorial on Mechanical Engineering - I said I was spitting into the wind didn't I !

3. Some egging on from wild-eyed TSG members

FYI - an ornithopter is a device that attempts to fly in the same manner as a bird, by flapping it's wings. They've been made in paper, metal, and various other materials. They have been successfully powered by rubber-bands, internal compustion engines, and just about everything other than an actual human.

Leonardo Da Vinci had the idea that a human could fly one of these using the strength of his legs and upper body. My idea is even more ridiculous than that - I think it can be done without legs - if you attempt to emulate an almost flightless bird.

This link shows a pic of (I think) one of Da Vinci's devices.http://mav.me.byu.edu/Final%20Logo%20oct_6.jpg

I appreciate any info anyone has on mechanical engineering, AutoCAD-type freeware, etc.
 

Gabriel

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After your done figuring this one out Bandit, design a perpetual motion machine:)
 
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I'm working on the perpetual motion!

Actually, I have been wondering about perpetual electricity machines, a generator that runs off of its own power, and also makes enough to lend to other devices...
 

BanditFlyer

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loserOlimbs said:
I'm working on the perpetual motion!

Actually, I have been wondering about perpetual electricity machines, a generator that runs off of its own power, and also makes enough to lend to other devices...
I've actually seen something along those lines, but much .... I guess weaker is the term I'm looking for.

It's an idea I'd give away freely to you, but since I don't know how you feel about sharing it, I'll email you.
 
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BanditFlyer said:
Bump,

Any mechanical engineers in this forum?
Forget the M.E.'s................go with a geneticist.................or, wait til you die and go to heaven.:)
 

Gabriel

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Hey...what about ME....don't I get a peek at the perpetual energy thing:) :) :) :mad:
 
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I swear current engines are a scam of some sort...

I think any energy you create can be reused.

Or at least used to creat more energy.
 

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sounds like an interesting read....may have to track that one down.
 

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