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Postby woodenpersonality » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:14 am

I have been making automata for several years selling to collectors around the world.
To ensure repeatability of designs I have previously used paper templates designed in Illustrator for 2D parts and a home made copy carver for 3D parts.
I have now started digitalising my work. The photos show one of my most complicated pieces with a 50 turn cycle. 2D parts I have designed in VCarve Pro. 3D parts present more of a challenge. I photograph the profile of the originals to use as a guide in Blender to produce stl files that I import into Cut 3D for sizing, producing CAM files. I then import the Cut 3D files into VCarve Pro for indexing and to design the interior cavities on the reverse sides. Most 3D shapes are made in 2 halves and glued together. This makes cutting easier, allows interior chambers to be cut by flipping the work and increases strength. I have VCP8 but I prefer to use Cut 3D and import into VCP as this gives more flexibility.
The 3 pieces in the photograph are entirely CNC cut with hand finishing. Woods used are birch ply for gears, beech for cams and lime wood for the carvings. All 3 found their way into collections within a month of completion. The brass axle bushings are also CNC cut on the lathe but are hand g-coded.
A video can be viewed at
Series of 3 "A Friendly Gesture" automata
Front view showing mechanism
Cogs and gears cut with 2mm end mill
Mechanism rear view.JPG
Rear view of part of the mechanism
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Re: Automata

Postby Leo » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:47 am

WOW - that is all so cool

I like it
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Re: Automata

Postby zeeway » Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:16 am

Amazing stuff. Love it.

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Re: Automata

Postby dhellew2 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:00 am

It never ceases to amaze me at the ingenuity of folks all over the world.
Great stuff!
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Re: Automata

Postby mtylerfl » Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:41 pm

Fantastic work...I love automata!
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Re: Automata

Postby martin54 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:35 am

These are absolutely amazing, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Automata

Postby armbrusterco » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:41 am

Fascinating and playful. I enjoyed looking through your artwork on your website. Thanks,
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Re: Automata

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Re: Automata

Postby scubanimal » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:19 pm

Very cool, looks like you've got steady hands and a lot of patience.
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