Having never built anything mechanized, I felt it was important to start with something that would work, so I searched for paper automaton kits online. I found an automaton blog, which has a lot of great links. Ultimately, I settled on a design from Flying Pig.
I thought working with paper would be less difficult than other materials, but I’m not sure if that was correct. I spent a good six hours printing, cutting, and assembling my piece. It was amazing to see 2D paper become a 3D object.
What did I learn from this? Well, I now know what a cam and cam follower are (kind of), and it helped give me some ideas for the next project.