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HOW TO: / press 'playing' to start simulation / press 'show vectors' to show magnetic field force vectors
/ press and drag rotating units to turn them / press on center of rotating unit to activate motor /
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To investigate possible scenarios of different grid sizes, grid shapes, magnets strengths, number of arms, length of arms or orientation of the attached magnets we first simulated the setup on the computer, before constructing the actual sculpture. Varying the amount of arms that are attached to the rotating unit and studying the dynamics of each setup showed that a three-armed version gives the best dynamic action and reaction distribution. Testing different grid forms showed that a hexagonal/triangular lattice allows the best distribution of movement. Every rotating unit has the ability to interact with its 6 nearest neighbors, whereas a square grid gives a setup with only 4 nearest neighbor units.