Vector Wizard is our fun yet controlled play space to deal with vectors. It is our workspace to build, design and simulate workflows. It offers most of the usual tools found in CAD drawing programs but with an added twist. Vectors you make or load can become concurrent to the laws of physics in movement principles as part of our kinetic engine. Not only is it fun to use but combined with Gearotic and Auggie can offer a full solution to making your design actually real. You'll also find
another one of Gearotic's first of its kind module called Flourish. This tool actually lets you grow a vine into a comformed space set by you. I suggest you review our videos and go ahead , give it a try , tell us what you think.
Vector Wizard was originally designed as a tool to connect the workings of Gearotic and Auggie a little closer together. The platform had to include most basic tools found inside CAD drawing programs to build things with an added twist. Our main objective while bringing Auggie and Gearotic closer together was to decorate clock faces, let's face it, Gearotic exports the code for making one, why not decorate it. We also wanted to pre determine vane shape interactions when spun for optimum effect. With that in mind, Vector Wizard was born. Today you'll find basic tools like text, circles, squares, lines, or arcs to draw with. You may import vectors , offset or mirror them
The ADD or SUB tools can ease the process of blending multiple vectors as one. The snipit tool can be used to make fast shape profiles. Since it was in our interest to do so, we also included a ruler or scale maker to compliment your project .
Vector Wizard is not only a vector drawing processor, but also a kinetic engine that deals with the physics of vectors while in motion. You'll find global properties to each vector you design or draw that is configurable to your specifications. It lets you release and view a simulated real life effect while in action mode for many applications. From applying gravity to locking central pivots, all of this becomes possible with Vector Wizard. You can now add things such as motors, clutches, 4 bar linkages, magnets, springs, gates and so much more to any mechanism and watch it go. How cool is that? For those interested in gear mechanism, you can now simulate your mechanical creation and deal with errors prior to building it. The physic interactive method allows users to interact with forces, friction, and mechanical motion in general. This way of working with vectors is not only fun to play with but extremely addictive too.
We found similar tools to be absent in other CAD programs, so this is our attempt at something different and cool. It may not be able to predict the future, but if you are building a Ted Crawford rolling ball sculpture or a mechanical device of some kind, I suspect this processor could be useful to you.
Vector Processor Kinetic Vane Manipulation
Flourish module covered in the Flourish tab, was designed as a way for us to digitally grow vines to decorate a project. The theory we used to do this is derived from the study of compacting circles, which then motivated us to explore it further and come up with this application. Below are the 6 steps to making one.
In this example, I plan to generate a vine inside a box, but around some text. To acheive this, I first generate the text "Gearotic", then perform an offset around the letters. Since vines can grow beyond the borders at times, I decided to create an offset so my letters would clear any vines.
I then created a square to be my outline for the vine. Once done, I selected both vectors and grouped them to become one chain in my main layer. Since our processor deals with layers, you must copy or move these chains to the appropriate layer in order for it to work.. Once I click the flourish button, it asks to set contours. Simply copy or move your chains to the flourish layer and click the Floiurish button once again..
Gearotic Flourish 2
Gearotic Flourish 1
This should open up the Flourish type box. We need to select" Auto" for vectors, but you could use "Photo Based" on pictures also.
Gearotic Flourish 3
Once Auto is selected, the Flourish parameters box opens to accept your input on specifics, and how you want to grow your vine. The smaller fertilizer value you use , the larger the roots become, therefore using a higher fertilizer number means more roots and the smaller the clusters in your vine. The Motif number can be set to anything. It is used to represent a specific algorytm function depending on the number you input, other than default values, duplicates are highly unlikely,
Gearotic Flourish 4
Once you select OK, your vine is grown and ready to be used or exported as a new vector.
Gearotic Flourish 5
This is the end result of a digitally grown vine within a specific area. Vine may be exported as a DXF, or you can expot it as a image for decorative purposes
Gearotic Flourish 5
Vector Wizard, the kinetic physics engine of vectors in motion.
Below is a series of clips taken while designing motion inside the vector wizard.
Vector Wizard Global Properties
Since default settings are set to work in most cases, user continues to have access to these parameters and can change them to meet new specifics. Some of these vector options are to apply gravity, have a pivot point, or simply be static. You basically set the rules of your vector object as part of your design and play it out as a simulation.
Vector Wizard using Springs.
Springs offer many advantages in certain mechanical designs and are beneficial to have in your library of tools. When springs are used, user may set forces applied to them in a positive or negative way, depending on your application. This image show the movement of 2 springs between 3 bars released but held at one end.
Vector Wizard using .4 Bar Linkage
4 Bar linkage offer users that coupling reaction to alter the flow of movement. Many applications exist and can easily be utilized in Vector Wizard. User selects 4 bar linkage, connects both end points , and just like that watches as the effect transforms movement to the mechanism..
Vector wizard also has the ability to add a motor to a design amongst other things, These can be useful when attempting to power a movement or rotate something. Motors can be set as static or floating vectors and will combine with other assemblies if instructed to. Of course speed and direction are configurable, not to mention their interaction with magnets or springs should they be applied to the project. I suggest you view our videos to get a better picture on how to use it all. If you do have any questions however, we're an email away.
Vector Wizard using motor to rotate vectors.
Click here to view Vector Wizard Kinetics Motors video on YouTube.
Click here to view Vector Wizard decimation tutorial video on YouTube.
Click here to view our Vector Wizardc Kinematic simulation tutorial video on YouTube.
Click here to view our Vector Wizard Springs tutorial video on YouTube.
Click here to view Vector Wizard Escapment example tutorial on YouTube.
Click here to view Vector Wizard 4 Bar Linkage tutorial video on YouTube.
Click here to view Vector Wizard Kinematic Ratios tutorial video on YouTube.
Click here to view VectorWizard KineticVane Manipulation tutorial on YouTube.