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19 Mar
19 Mar

Tooth and Slot Gear Design

You follow @mechamechanisms on twitter right? So you'll have seen this mechanism pop up on their stream of amazing mechanical animations.
Although it is labeled as a sheet metal gear it looked to me like a perfect candidate for a paper version. Time to crack out the coloured card!

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13 Mar
13 Mar

Greek Herbs

Every so often an email arrives from someone who has had some sort of difficulty with the website shop. Just such an email arrived last week from Konstantinia P. in Greece. She was trying to order but because of local currency difficulties was not able to use the PapPal gateway. I asked her what files she was interested in and emailed them through with my compliments - hey, I like it when people are keen to make my models :-)

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17 Feb
17 Feb

Paper Trump. Tremendous!

Love him or hate him you'll love this tremendous model of Trump I just published on the Instructables website.

Check it out and download for free here.

Huge!

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04 Feb
04 Feb

New Two Axis Joint Prototype

There are a couple of issues with my existing poseble head joints. (eg Surly Jack) The existing joint starts with a double thickness sheet with circular holes cut in it. Circular holes are difficult to cut - especially if there are lots of them, they also necessitate the use of a sharp knife, not always ideal in a classroom environment.

Step forward, my new two-axis poseable joint!

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18 Jan
18 Jan

Mouse Machine Progress Report

Having completed the mechanism for the mouse machine it was time to attach the mouse!

I mocked up a mouse adding a hinge to his waist so that he can flex back and forth. I fixed his feet to the box top and his hands to a rotating sleeve fitted over the mouse's crank.

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11 Jan
11 Jan

Mouse Machine Mechanism Prototype

First draft of the Mouse Machine mechanism. I've put together a model as a test of the layout I sketched out earlier. The mouse will fit on the base plate and will appear to be operating the crank as the handle is turned.


There were a couple of problems with the first draft.

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04 Jan
04 Jan

Mouse Machine #1. Model Proposal.

Proposal for a new animated paper model.

I'm planning a couple of models that will bring my Paper Mice to life starting with this Mouse Machine #1. There will be three Mech Gears all at 90° to each other so the layout of parts should be interesting! The flat gear will be underneath the top of the box so that the mouse will have a fixed surface to stand on. I'll then cut a couple of slots in the box top for the teeth of the other two gears to mesh through. Should be fun!

Oh - and Happy New Year everyone!

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20 Dec
20 Dec

Christmas Mice Brought to Life!

I was delighted to see Michael42er later creation where he has brought to life my new Christmas Mice models using the mechanism from the hopping reindeer model here.

I love it! Thanks for sharing Michael! Festive felicitations to you and yours!

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