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Worm Disk

I was browsing through a book named 'Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements' and stumbled across the following clever device:

It basically takes a worm gear, which normally looks something like this:

And remaps the worm (something cylinder-like) into a disk. 

Using my mastery of Solidworks, I constructed a solid model of the worm disk concept and improved it somewhat by making multiple teeth engage instead of just one. 

Note that the spur-like gear pictured mating with the worm gear would need to be angled in order to mesh properly, this just demonstrates the general concept.