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Rotating Hammer

Postby cmkilger » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:20 pm

I'm trying to create an object that acts like a rotating hammer. It should rotate at the end of the handle, be slow to go up, but then quickly come down and hit anything in the way. I tried creating two bodies, one for the handle and the other for the head, and pinning them together with a joint, but the joint acts more like a spring. If I use one body it rotates uniformly; it isn't any slower going up than going down. How should I go about this?

In the screenshot you can kind of see what I'm going for, I just want the yellow joint to have zero length.

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Re: Rotating Hammer

Postby slembcke » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:32 pm

You will want to put them on the same body for sure. It's a solid object, and joints don't make for good solid objects.

Why should it rotate slower going up than down? Is it being winched up slowly then let to fall under gravity? How are you controlling the rotation now?
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Re: Rotating Hammer

Postby mobilebros » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:33 pm

I think he might be saying that he prefers the handle to be lighter than the head, therefore requiring two bodies... possibly? What kind of joint are you using? You should probably use two pivot joints to connect the head to the handle to get it steady.
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Re: Rotating Hammer

Postby slembcke » Fri Nov 27, 2009 4:01 pm

Doesn't matter if you want the handle heavier than the head if they are a solid object. Placing the center of gravity at the correct place and calculating the moment of inertia correctly is all you really need to know. Calculating the center of gravity is as simple as a weighted average, and calculating the moment of inertia just becomes a matter of calculating offsets to give the primitive moment calculation functions.
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Re: Rotating Hammer

Postby cmkilger » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:07 pm

I figured it may need to be a single body. I want it to go slowly up and then faster down to simulate a motor that would be fighting against gravity, peak, and then be moving with gravity. I tried using a simple motor on a single body, but it seems like the motor rotates it around the center of gravity, which should be at the head of the hammer. I also tried rotating it by setting the torque, similar to the Moonbuggy demo.
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Re: Rotating Hammer

Postby slembcke » Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:39 pm

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Re: Rotating Hammer

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