Building the Boxes for Wood Automata There is no rule that says the mechanism for a wood automaton must be contained inside of a box, but the practice does have some advantages. A box makes a sturdy base, provides even surfaces for mounting mechanisms and figures, and can make the construction process easier. While there […]
This Jokebot automaton is a special commission made by Paul Spooner last year as a surprise 40th Birthday present for a collector. The head of the robot is styled on piece of Swiss cheese. Here are some of Paul’s thought processes and insights into the mechanics of the piece. IN SEARCH OF RANDOM Most of […]
This box contains everything you need to get started with automata design. Contents: 1. Designing Automata Kit. The classic CMT kit – No glue or tools are required, and you will learn about simple mechanics using cams and a crank slider mechanism. Many different designs can be made, and the kit used over and over […]
This exhibition features new work from Tim Lewis, including the fabulous ‘Jetsam’ pictured, which made it’s debut at the Kinetica Art Fair in February. A large Kiwi-like bird connected to a robotic arm attempts to construct a nest from soft foam ‘twigs’. Flowers East 82, Kingsland Road London E2 8DP March 7th to April 12th […]
A chance to hear Paul Spooner talk about his work at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, Falmouth, Cornwall. The talk entitled ‘A View from the Plateau – Mechanical Jokes for people with short attention spans’ should be highly entertaining. February 16th at 7.30pm. Tickets £8
A new one-off piece from Carlos Zapata. A couple in love fly endlessly around the earth, with a heart above them. Beautiful colours and style. Height 28 cm Wood, metal, acrylic paint One Only. Sold.
Pulling out the bottom drawer of this small chest of drawers makes two toasted hearts pop out of a toaster. Inside the drawer is the lever that lifts the toast but there is also room for a scroll of paper on which to inscribe a romantic message. Paper is supplied as well as a length […]
A new piece from Paul Spooner. “If you were trying to make a mechanism that transmitted rotary motion smoothly, here are three mechanisms to avoid. 1). The well-known sliding block mechanism which translates steady circular motion into a wobbly approximation of it. 2). A magnet rotating near another magnet which picks up its motion in […]
The Boyhood of Hitler Watch out everyone. He’s having a big idea. Click image to enlarge.
21 Rotary Tool Tips and Tricks for Automata-Makers The high-speed rotary tool can do the work of dozens of other tools. With the right bits and accessories, this little powerhouse can cut, carve, engrave, drill, grind, sand, brush, and polish a variety of materials! Here are some tips to help automata-makers get the most from […]