The latest Automata project is completed. I hope to post a video to Youtube and my website tomorrow when I get back to a better WiFi network.
This automata project was born from personal experience. I had an MRI recently. While for me as a engineer it was fascinating to listen to the clicks and whirls and imagine the cool things happening inside the MRI shroud. For many people the thought of a having an MRI is intimidating. They have worries about invisible electronic and magnetic waves pulsing through their body, while you are you are placed in a confined space. If you are claustrophobic it's frightening.
So what better way to ramp up the whole process than have the MRI malfunction, ironically spinning the patient around inside the tunnel rather than the sensors moving beneath the shroud. Such is the story of "When an MRI Goes Badly"
Betty the MRI Tech tries franticly to bring the machine to a halt by repeatedly pounding on the emergency stop button to no avail. Larry the hospital maintenance man who has a reputation as "old school" is not used to working on such complex machinery and the best he can come up with is repeatedly kicking the machine. It may have been this action that initiated the oil leak!
Larry the Lab Rat, (who else did you expect to find in an MRI lab?) watches intently. Perhaps it was his nibbling on a cable in the bowels of the machine that gave birth to this medical spin drier!
Anyway, the poor patient, Herb is getting the ride of his life.
As an added component to the piece the wooden magnet on base plate is magnetic and holds the bolt in place!
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.