Cthulhu Automata


Used the Glowforge to make my first automata, of an angry great old one thrashing in the waves. The shaft is a blackwing pencil, which I used as a hexagonal dowel so the cams didn’t slip, and the rest is a combination of medium plywood and acrylic. I found using the acrylic for the follower made a big difference reducing friction.

It would be amazing if the GF software helped in some way with kerf adjustment for parts that need to be joined. Everything in this is press fit, and it takes forever to dial it in correctly.


A-maze-ing! I don’t know if I’m allowed to say Cthulhu looks cute, but it does. And bloody marvellous to figure out the kinematics!


Okay, you win the internet today. This is just over the top outstanding!


This is fantastic! Nice work!


Wonderful!!! I’m looking forward to doing some automata too. So fun!


Oh man if they would build the kerf adjustment in that would be AMAZING.
Speaking of amazing, nicely done on your project there!


Awe-some! I love the automata projects! :grinning:


Ok…ding ding… we have a winner! :sunglasses:


Throw a bright light on it, then turn off the room lights.

Instant Shadow Demon…

Looks great. It is awesome when a plan comes together.


I, for one, welcome our new dancing acrylic overlord.


Cthulhu = awesome
Automata = awesome

Cthulhu + Automata = Be still, my beating heart.

You just made my day. Thanks for sharing your work!


Wow! Very cool!


Just remember:

ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn


Ahhhhhhhh… Now we are all doomed! Doomed I say !!!

Gonna say that was Portuguese. Now I can go to sleep tonight.


Fantastic! Just fantastic!


Great work! Love it. More please!


That is truly beautiful! Well done!


Bonus points for using a Blackwing. Those pencils are amazing.