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The Gear Ring by Kinekt Design – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Every spring, graduates of engineering schools across Canada earn their Iron Ring. It's part of the pledge originally written by Rudyard Kipling in "The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer". Legend has it that the iron was taken from the scraps of a bridge in the province of Quebec that, due to shoddy work on the part of the engineers in charge, collapsed nearly 100 years ago killing 75 construction workers

The story's a historical fact; whether the rings are still made from that scrap iron is a topic for debate. Whatever your take on the tale, we have a new proposal (for mechanical engineering graduates at least): the Gear Ring by Kinekt Design.

The Gear Ring doesn't just look mechanical – it actually is. As you can see from the video after the jump, the tiny gears across the face rotate as the larger gears that form the upper and lower segments of the ring spin in opposite directions. Call it a gimmick. Call it a distraction. We call it nifty – yes, nifty – and thank our man Mike for the tip.

[Source: Kinekt Design]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope that these don't require lubrication
      • 5 Years Ago
      And my girlfriend and I were looking for a pair of couple rings today. I'VE NOW FOUND IT!!

      Seriously, she'll break up with me if I do get this. Haha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The tale about it being made from the scraps of the bridge is one of those very long lived myths - like the BMW logo coming from propellers in the blue sky - its false.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right. The ring is made of stainless steel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Evan

        Actually there are both iron and stainless steel rings.
        I believe only UotT (University of Toronto) and associated universities in Camp1 still give the option of getting an iron ring (rather than steel.)
        But due to rust, most people don't choose that option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The iron ring design has been essentially the same from the start. The facets on the current ring aren't just a design feature but are symbolic. To replace the current iron ring with this trinket would be a mockery of the tradition practiced by Canadian engineers.

      Also, for Rombick a few posts up, the ring is worn on the little finger of the working hand and is intended to be a constant reminder to engineers of their obligation to public welfare. The iron ring is therefore worn essentially at all times. That being said, I haven't seen too many practicing engineers that wear the ring on a daily basis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        most fellow engineers I've worked with NEVER took it off!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know a lot of Canadian engineers. All of them have it on every time I see them. I think one takes it off to bowl. Basically they treat it like a wedding band.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess I'll have to look more closely next time, I don't recall ever seeing the ones I've worked with wearing an iron ring.

        Of course, I'm still in university for my BEng and I've only co-oped at one workplace.
      • 5 Years Ago
      rombick, the ring isn't electrical. It takes all kinds of engineers to design a car, and they all get a engineers ring at graduation. Some actually always wear them.

      Someone was complaining that the ring wasn't car related. Maybe not directly, but it kind of is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        he wasn't saying the ring was electrical. he should have made it two sentences instead of a comma and conjuction for clarity's sake, but what he meant was "...but it is mechanical. Electrical, mechanical, and any other type of engineering degree...."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is a cool idea for a ring, however, I don't think it should try to replace our Iron Ring. Maybe give the Americans a counterpart, or use it as something else.

      The engineering ring should always contain the facets, and I hope to get mine four years from now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a proud occupation and I've never taken mine off ever since I got mine two years ago. Good luck with your studies!
      • 5 Years Ago
      169 bucks for this thing..i know its really cool... but 169?

      also how is it car related?
        • 5 Years Ago
        how is it electrical? and mechanical and engineering degree needed to design pretty much anything..not only cars.

        also don't think this ring is meant to be worn for life.. its not engagement ring, and its only steel i think its to expensive, i see it only as a toy.

        feels like you guys are answering just for sake of saying something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a bad price at all, considering it's a lot more work than simply bending & joining a piece of metal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's a lot cheaper than my band.

        I can see this getting caught on a lot of stuff, though, and track in a lot of crud. The differentials stick out slightly, they're not curved with the ring which is disappointing. Probably made of a soft alloy, too. But I don't know, I didn't bother to read up on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The engineering ring featured in the video (by Kineket Design) is made of 316L stainless steel.

        316L is a high quality and durable surgical stainless steel.which has hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial properties for those with metal allergies; along with being resistant to corrosion, staining, oxidation, tarnishing, fading, scratching, and rusting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        James Sonne-

        Are you stating that the lack of a curved planet gear is a design flaw and "disappointing"?

        If yes, then it's obvious that you are neither an engineer or mechanically inclined.

        It is dismal that you took the time to deride the Canadian engineering ring; and yet without courtesy, you negatively comment without having read the author's post.

        If you had read the Author's post, you would have learned the origins, symbol, and meaning this engineering ring represents to those who have proudly worked hard to earn the right to wear the Canadian engineering ring.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It might not be directly car related, but its mechanical and electrical, mechanical, and just about any kind of engineering degree is needed to design cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except you're gonna wear it every day the rest of your life. That's not very much to pay.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very, very, tacky...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's certainly interesting - the gearhead in me thinks it is awesome, the fashion conscious side of me squirms away.

      I'm a ringed engineer through The Order of the Engineer. It's very similar to the Canadian tradition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Engineer)... our rings are simple stainless, however.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Only one region in Canada now offers rings made of actual iron (Camp One). Every other Camp's rings are stainless with the same faceted pattern.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Order of the Engineer here too.

        http://www.order-of-the-engineer.org/

        I actually hated the design of the official ring- the edge on the inside kept pinching my finger and cutting into the flesh joining the pinky to my hand... so I had one made to my exact size in titanium with a comfort fit. It's not the right ring anymore, but it's the symbolism that counts... and my finger doesn't get cut anymore. Plus my ring is MUCH harder to break now- I've crushed the original one before.

        Order of the Engineer is voluntary in the US (probably is in Canada too, not sure)- and not all schools practice the tradition. Most of the top tier schools do though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wish i would have seen this a few weeks ago, my fiancee just bought me a regular tungsten carbide wedding ring, no moving gears or anything, this would have been waaaay cooler!

      /mostly sarcasm, but pretty nifty
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just received my ring on Friday, don't plan on taking it off anytime soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I call that un-hygenic nastyness - The gunk in that little machine after a few days would be pretty nasty. Whoever designed that has never worn a ring.
        • 5 Years Ago
        clean it out with WD-40... then it will not only look mechanical, it will smell mechanical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What, and how much, garbage do you handle on a daily basis?

        How little, if any, personal hygiene do you practice on a daily basis?

        Is it correct to say that you do not own a college class ring with intricate design engravings, or an Omega Speedmaster watch with intricate steel links and rotating bezel?
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