Took a break for a few days from automata work this week. I was working on a kitchen renovation at my daughter's house. That done it was back to the computer to finish up the design and drawing of the current project.
People often ask how I come up with the design and all the little pieces. Some think when they see a finished piece it must of come in a kit! I consider this a sad reflection on todays consumerism standards. Even worse it might suggest that I look to dense to have figured it out myself!
So here is a view of the CAD design of the current automata - yet to be finished! On the upper right you might be able to make out the chocolate Labrador featured previously on my blog. Over on the left you may also see one of two seagulls also featured in the blog and somewhere hidden in the mechanism is a wireframe of the bass that was posted.
While tedious at times 3D CAD drawing it is a good way to avoid interferences and create patterns for complex shapes.
Well back to the drawing board, or at least LCD screen for a bit and then some time in the shop to make changes to the working prototype.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.