So i was trying to make this “unique fan”. I provided the video sample below, it’s bit low res but i think the mechanism on that machine is still readable : Video reference

For anyone there still unclear or cant see much detail in that video, i just made a simulated rig by manually keyframing it to visualize better idea what im asking. Here :

Simulated Rig mechanism

Remember, this is a manual keyframe, and i didn't want to keyframe it manually because its so inaccurate, and i wanted that ARM 2 is staying on that FAN ARM hole. So i think rigging it is good idea.

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So i tried to recreate it, but I’m confused about how to rig it. I just did make the bones, parent the model to it. There are 2 armatures, 1 on arm, and 1 is the mechanical arm. but i honestly no idea how to put constraints on it. Can anyone help me? this is my first rig i tried, for learning purposes.

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here is the blend file : https://blenderartists.org/uploads/short-url/mt2kRaMVeA2ibumusd1lPG9egEx.blend

here is the simulated rig blend file if you want to see it more clearly the mechanism : https://blenderartists.org/uploads/short-url/zNbCDaWdyi2vwlGtAtVOqfxI3y1.blend

any help much appreciated!

  • $\begingroup$ Hi Chris, honestly, i am sorry, i cannot recognize from the video how the mechanism should work. Can you please provide a better quality video or explain with pictures how this should work? Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Jan 20, 2021 at 21:49
  • $\begingroup$ or do you mean like this: youtu.be/ZOvgmKNd3Js ? $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Jan 20, 2021 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ Hello! Thanks for answering. I just edited the post, i just provided the simulated rig video by using keyframe to see the mechanism. Here is the video link : youtu.be/kzv4XvsqrQY $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2021 at 7:04
  • $\begingroup$ By your video link, yeah it goes close from what i want, but that ARM 2 (i just named it by now so you will know which arm im talking about) is static. I want that rotate too. (like my simulated rig video). any ideas? $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2021 at 7:06

2 Answers 2


As @MohammadHossein has said, it's important to have the length of the link longer than the driving arm.

I think of this as a 2-bone IK rig, just like a character arm, if you want to look up tutorials on how to do those.

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I've labelled the bones by analogy to an arm.

  • The Fore Arm bone has an IK bone constraint, target: IK Target, Pole: IK Pole. The chain length is 2, to include the Upper arm.
  • The bones, target, and pole all lie in the same plane, parallel to the floor, normal to the axes of rotation
  • The IK target is parented to the rotating arm, and is the only connection between the rotating arm and the IK chain.
  • The meshes do not need to be in the same plane as the bones.

The differences from a character arm are:

  • It's mechanical, no need for deformation, weight-painting. Instead, the mesh-objects are directly Bone Parented to their bones

  • There are no poses, no disadvantage in having Empties as your IK target and IK Pole.

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The rotation of the driving arm will then result in the reciprocal motion of the fan.


For this rig we should think like a mechanical engineer. we see that the driving force come from that little handle and others rotate with respect to this.

you just need something like this:

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actually you need a reverse IK for your setup. keep in mind that for a clean rig you must create all of your bones in the same height which means the same z value.

of course the important point is to have good lengths for your arms to achieve a clean movement. your middle arm should be longer than the driving arm.

the rig could be downloaded here:


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