New videos and photos posted on the website today for the latest automata project "The Extraction"
While the idea of a dentistry automata had been in my mind for a long time the first meaningful sketch was only done a few months ago. Here it Is!
The next step was another sketch with a little more definition.
Next I built an approximation of the movement I envisioned to convince myself that there would be no binding.
From here I transferred the sketch to CAD and developed the wireframes which lead to the cutting and shaping of the characters. Now it looks like the photo below. It's not quite finished as I need to complete the dentists arms, add pliers, and adjust the length of travel. Then I'll add some shoes and maybe a bib and we are set.
Yes it does seems to me at this point that things are getting drawn out. I always seem to underestimate the list of things needed to complete and tune a piece as I get close to the end. I was unhappy with the amount of movement in one action of my current project and on testing cut out a cam to put in a new one. My mistake. I usually put stuff together with temporary adhesive until tested, but for for some reason I felt confident enough to do final glue up as I worked on this section. I was wrong of course!
Anyway I left my camera with some photos of the assembly in my shop so I will not be able to post a photo for a few days, but I can post the CAD isometric of the piece for any drafting buffs!
This was the scene the other morning after cutting pieces for my current project. Believe it or not this should turn into something!
A little time spent with the Grandkids at Santa Day in Fenelon Falls, a little time spent rebuilding a snowblower and then back to the shop to cut gears for the current automata. I keep referring to it has the current project since i'm not sure whether i like the current label of "The Extraction". It;s liable to change once I come up with something I like better.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.