Making Furniture Interactive

October 15, 2007

Chicken or the Egg?

Filed under: Exercise 5: Mechanical Movement,Jamin Hegeman — Jamin Hegeman @ 11:57 am

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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.

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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.

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