Automata

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woodenpersonality
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Automata

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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 http://www.lowbot.co.uk
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Series of 3 "A Friendly Gesture" automata
Series of 3 "A Friendly Gesture" automata
Front view showing mechanism
Front view showing mechanism
Cogs and gears cut with 2mm end mill
Cogs and gears cut with 2mm end mill
Rear view of part of the mechanism
Rear view of part of the mechanism

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WOW - that is all so cool

I like it
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Amazing stuff. Love it.

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It never ceases to amaze me at the ingenuity of folks all over the world.
Great stuff!
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Fantastic work...I love automata!
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These are absolutely amazing, thanks for sharing.

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Fascinating and playful. I enjoyed looking through your artwork on your website. Thanks,
Bob Armbruster
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Cool!

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

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