Kitty Pinball Machine

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After making a dog-shaped treat machine powered by an arduino + servo, I wanted to try the same idea with purely mechanical workings. And so was born the Kitty Pinball Machine!

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It started out with super rough prototyping to figure out the geometry needed to get the flipper action working for a cat-sized being

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From there I built up a draftboard version of the basic machine. The pinball parts are separated from the treat dispensing parts by a spinner that spans both layers. The pinball hit the spinner and the spinner hits the treat out of the chute

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Then I tested it with my cat to see if the idea would even work… and it did! Proof of concept was a success! = ^.^=

I wanted to just use acrylic for a shiny finished look (and avoid using paint) so I had to make some adjustments until the acrylic version worked smoothly

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Then it was just a final design pass to create the ‘Fish tank’ look

I’m super happy with how this came out, and my cat loves to play with it. I’m still wrapping up a few build things, but am going to share the SVG files for other people to make it too

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Love it.

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I feel that there is no greater use of the Glowforge than this. Well played.

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Wow, such an evolution!

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Spectacular!

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Pretty cool!! Do the treats self feed or do you load them individually?
I can see if it self feeds there will be some hefty cats in the forge family! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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I don’t even have a cat and I would buy one!

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That is one of the finest things I’ve seen so far. ( Heck with the cats, I wonder how it will handle M&Ms?) :smile:

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I love this, my kitties are so jealous (my GF arrives Monday! so maybe they will get one someday).

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I was thinking the exact same thing with @jbmanning5’s comment!

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Ohmygosh I absolutely love this!!! So looking forward to the SVG files. I have a cat who would definitely use it–he loves his treat ball. Well done!

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It’s designed to load one at a time

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Set it up in a restaurant that a penny loads a candy. It would make a fortune from people just wanting to watch it.

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yes ! M&Ms!

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SUPER Cool. I’m very impressed. Now if only I were a cat person rather than a dog person. :smile:

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PEZ dispenser… (am i dating myself?)

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Amazing!!

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This is so adorable!!!

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I find it intriguing that your cat is so willing to do some of the work. My cat would just never get the concept of doing it himself.

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This is amazing - great work!

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