Well it has been a little while since I last blogged, but I have busy. I finished the CAD construction drawing for my current project, cut out the mechanism pieces, made the enclosure, and threw it all together. Only a few "as built" revisions this time. Life is not too bad! Anyway here is a couple of photos from along the way!
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As they say in criminal circles sometimes,"The Jig is Up!". In this case it means both the jail cell and the storyline of the automata I've been working on. It seems in the County Sheepshire the ovine community are a rowdy lot. It happens that a pasture rave gathering got out of hand and the attendees were rounded up and thrown in the brig. Charges range from drunk and disorderly, disturbing the peace, solicitation, serving alcohol to minors, public indecency, and noise levels that exceed County guidelines. For most of us this news is a little disturbing because we view sheep as rather docile critters - somewhat sheepish in fact. Well this ovine group seems an exception. Even during their short incarceration they have managed to plan and execute a breakout. There will be chaos when the Sheriff returns to the station in the morning!
I am still in the throws of planning. I have already rearranged the characters several times to allow for mechanism spacing and the allocation of space for the "breakout" since this prototype layout photo was taken. Now it's lots of CAD time designing the lower works. Keep watching.
I've been churning away making more little sheep for the new piece, although I took a little time aside to work another component. I've got 20 sheep now and might add a few more. I've been spacing them in groupings to see how to space the top works with interference from each. I am purposely keep this piece narrow, (5-1/2") deep so it can sit nicely on a shelf when finished.
So here are a few of the groups forming. Still more to assemble...
The "holding rack" is getting crowded as the flock of sheep multiply. This gang is mostly completed but a few need a few finishing touches. On the rack are; a pair of "ladies of the night" from a previous blog , two sheep that nod their heads no, one who nods his their yes, one whose legs go out from under them when they tries to stand, one who falls asleep and jerks back awake, one who is praying, and a few more who just stand around looking dazed. You'll have to wait and see what common thread has brought them all together.
There are some more yet to come.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.