I want to simulate and test set of 2D designs that basically have pulley/gear/chain-linked systems under Gravity (For e.g. to check how a pulley would rotate given particular weights, of course I'm not talking about such small systems, but systems where different pulleys/gears/weights are linked together).
[Frictional/mechanical properties can be neglected for my purposes]
Can anyone recommend any softwares (Opensource/paid) that can be used to easily design pulleys, gears, some chains(for e.g. to link a pulley to a gear) and simulate their behavior when the system is placed in a gravitational field?
I can construct the physical replicas of the designs and test them but it's rather cumbersome and a waste of resources to do so. Your help is much appreciated.