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I have a motor and some other components that move a machine vertical on the ground. Inside the machine i need to raise a part by 5 cm, up and down.

Are there some common patterns that can move objects vertically (lift) using technic lego? Torque comes from a motor powering gears.

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It seems from your question that you want to convert a continuous circular motion from the motor into an up and down motion with a range of 5cm - is that correct? – 62Bricks Jul 26 '13 at 16:43
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You can use a mechanism like this:


This is a mechanism that converts circular motion into reciprocating motion. You may need to alter the design for your needs regarding height difference, stability etc.

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You can accomplish this using gear racks (3743):

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You just have to create some type of channel that allows the rack to slide vertically, and then set up a gear to mesh with the rack. You can do this however you like, but here's a quick example that I built to show you what I mean:

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if only the gear racks weren't so hard to come across! – ACarter Sep 9 '13 at 15:12
Indeed. They're fairly affordable on Bricklink, though: – jncraton Sep 9 '13 at 19:20
The gear racks were quite common on the early Technic cars with steering. – awe Aug 26 '14 at 10:55

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