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Nothing makes a better impression at LEGO shows than a name badge in plumb.
About this creation
Please feel free to look over the images and skip the verbiage.

To pass yourself off as a technical LEGOŽ guy at shows, you'd better have a technical-looking name badge.

And that badge had better be level, too, lest visitors question your commitment to precision LEGOŽ engineering.





Working length depends on neck size.



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Getting the most out of your self-leveling badge

Against clothing with a low coefficient of friction, the badge usually levels itself using the energy imparted to it by routine body movements.

During shows, such movements include whipping around to catch visitors (more often than not, 7-11 year old boys) blatantly ignoring the "Please don't touch" signs plastered all over the display. (Distracted parenting is epidemic at LEGOŽ shows these days, but don't get me started.)

If the badge fails to right itself, follow this emergency procedure:

1. Lean forward till the badge swings free. Female users should expect to lean more.

2. Jiggle a bit to overcome the static friction in the chain and gear bearings and let gravity work its magic. (Violent head-bobbing to a favorite Death Metal tune is particularly effective here, but many visitors find this less attractive if not off-putting.)

3. Resume an upright posture to stabilize the leveled badge.

4. To enhance badge stability, throw out the chest as well. (This also puts forth a more confident demeanor and improves spinal alignment.)

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Gearing



Final gear ratio also depends on neck size. In my case, it works out to a well-optimized 1:5.4 (neck:badge) overdrive.

Should re-gearing prove necessary, note that only one of the gears inside the chain loop counts toward the final ratio. The other gears are effectively nothing more than chain guides.

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Specifications

Overall dimensions:~440x104x24 mm (LxWxD, width being that of badge)
Mass:0.053 kg
Actuator:Body movements
Power sources:Food and gravity
Final gear ratio:1:4 to 1:6 overdrive, depending on neck size
Modified LEGOŽ parts:None
Non-LEGOŽ parts:None
Credits:Original MOC
See also:Useful Gizmos Group, my Useful Gizmos folder

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Comments

 I made it 
  April 10, 2016
Quoting Johan van der Pluijm Interesting gadget. These shows, are there lots of them? I am looking for a holiday destination, but I cant find one...
Thanks, Johan! I mostly exhibit at local and regional shows in conjunction with the Denver (Colorado, USA) LEGO User Group (DENLUG, http://www.denlug.net). As for LEGO-related holiday destinations in the US, you can't go wrong with BrickWorld in Chicago on June 17-19, 2016. (This is the biggest annual AFOL convention in the US.) The good and bad news: DENLUG's putting on a big display at Denver Comic Con that same weekend.
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  April 10, 2016
Interesting gadget. These shows, are there lots of them? I am looking for a holiday destination, but I cant find one...
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  April 9, 2016
Quoting Oran Cruzen Jeremy, are you on the level? You always come up with the best LEGO gadgets! Now I need a LEGO sorting machine! LOL
Thanks, Oran! Have you checked out the LEGO sorting machines on YouTube? Some are pretty amazing.
 I like it 
  April 9, 2016
Jeremy, are you on the level? You always come up with the best LEGO gadgets! Now I need a LEGO sorting machine! LOL
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  April 9, 2016
Quoting Oliver Becker Yesss, much better than the golden chains of some self-exposers from music- business, Jeremy! Have to check up your stuff a little better, I believe... Greets! ;)
Thank you, my friend!
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  April 9, 2016
Yesss, much better than the golden chains of some self-exposers from music- business, Jeremy! Have to check up your stuff a little better, I believe... Greets! ;)
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  July 13, 2015
Quoting Topsy Creatori Oh my, and I bet you are very precise when you cut pie slices too! ;) Fun stuff! :)
Thanks, Topsy. Good thing cutting stuff usually doesn't come up with LEGO, 'cause I'm really not very good at it. As for pie, I rely on the "you cut, I chose" method.
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  July 13, 2015
Oh my, and I bet you are very precise when you cut pie slices too! ;) Fun stuff! :)
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  July 10, 2015
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Hahaha, awesome build Jeremy! It definitely looks like it would cement your status as a technical LEGO guy, no doubt about that. Very cool idea, and fun write up to boot.
Ah, so the badge is working! Thanks for the kind words, Luke.
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  July 10, 2015
Hahaha, awesome build Jeremy! It definitely looks like it would cement your status as a technical LEGO guy, no doubt about that. Very cool idea, and fun write up to boot.
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  July 10, 2015
Quoting Gabor Pauler Jeremy, you changed the course of history with this invention. From tomorrow, another sun will rise... ;-)
If anyone could appreciate the full import of this device, it would be you, Gabor! Thanks for all your support.
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  July 10, 2015
Quoting Walter Lee oh yeah!
Thanks for the comment and like, Walter.
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  July 10, 2015
Quoting Nick Barrett Great idea!
Thanks, Nick.
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  July 10, 2015
Jeremy, you changed the course of history with this invention. From tomorrow, another sun will rise... ;-)
 I like it 
  July 10, 2015
oh yeah!
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  July 10, 2015
Great idea!
 
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