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Cam Followers for Automata – Dug’s Tips 16

June 16, 2015 by  

Cams are the mechanisms that add life to our automata. As many people have noted, they can be viewed as a type of “memory” that allows the mechanism to perform the same motion over and over again. Cams can’t do it alone, however. Cams are usually paired with a cam follower that translates the shape [...]

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Working with Brass, Part 3 – Soldering Brass – Dug’s Tips 15

January 21, 2015 by  

In previous installments of this column, we looked at some methods for cutting brass and techniques for bending brass for your automaton projects. At some point, you will want to join some of these pieces without the use of screws, bolts, or other hardware. In this, the final installment of our series on working with [...]

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Working with Brass, Part 2 – Bending Brass – Dug’s Tips 14

July 14, 2014 by  

In the last instalment of this column, we looked at some of the many ways you can cut brass for your automaton project. Once cut, there is a good chance you will need to bend the brass in some way to suit your needs. Let’s take a look at some of the methods for bending [...]

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Working with Brass, Part 1 – Cutting Brass – Dug’s Tips 13

February 24, 2014 by  

Brass is a metal that looks good with wood, is easy to work, and can be soldered. You can use it for specific parts or create entire automaton with it! If you are going to use brass, probably the first thing you’ll want to do is cut some. It comes in all kinds of shapes [...]

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10 Handy Tricks for Woodworkers & Automaton-makers – Dug’s Tips 12

September 30, 2013 by  

10 Handy Tricks for Woodworkers & Automaton-makers We’ve focused on techniques in this column up to this point. Now it’s time for some small tips that can make a big difference! Here are some woodworking tricks that I have found useful for automaton-making. 1 – Make Your Own Carbon Paper I often use carbon paper [...]

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