I work for Radan, we are a software company the develops CAD/CAM software for the sheet metal manufacturing industry. (www.radan.com)
A few months ago we wanted to come up with a cool assembly that we could use to demonstrate what our software can do and Radic was born. The initial plan was to make Radic so that it would sit on a podium at our trade shows to get attention from the people walking by our booth but as ideas starting flowing we decided to also make a version that has some animation.
Before I started doing research to animate Radic I had only had experience with RC cars, learning how to build something from scratch that moved was a new experience. The pictures below are the initial concepts.
I will add the progress that we have made over the past few months. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the help of Boian Mitov and his Visuino software (www.visuino.com) and B&N Sheet Metal (bnsheetmetal.com) for cutting the metal components for us.
Here are some of the sites that I have purchased parts from and used for research;