One of the reasons I ordered a Glowforge was to have a tool to create odd, mechanical contraptions. The idea is to design a series of toys (for all ages) that use gears and other basic mechanics for simple movement. I want them to be kits that the purchaser will assemble themselves so they will have a more intimate understanding of how all the moving pieces effect one another.
I’ve been stalling posting about these because I wanted to prototype them, work out some of the problems and generally have more to show. However, as time has drawn on without a laser I’ve lost a bit (okay, a lot) of focus. Now that we are getting closer, though, I think it’s time to get cracking again and I was hoping to get some initial impressions of the ideas and any recommendations on how to continue to develop and refine them.
So here are two ideas for now. I apologize for the instagrammy nature of the photos.
The first one is a face that has a wheel in the back. When you spin the wheel the eyes look from side to side, the mouth and eyelids open and close and, if I can get it working, the eye brows dance around. It all works off of one disk with tracks and following pegs which make their conjoined elements move. Some of the tracks definitely need some more tweaking to make them smoother.
Here’s what the layers look like, in case that helps to understand it better:
I was going to try to explain the second idea, but this post is already too wordy so I think I’ll just show a picture of my screen and see if anyone can guess what it’s hopefully going to be. Have fun!