cs      Presents...
Other Creations




Occasionally, I take a hiatus from Scale Models and Sculpture, to indulge
other passions.   One of these, which relates to my scientific work, is Robotics
I am particularly interested in walking robots which use the principles of animal
walking in their design. My latest work in this area can be seen on my

  BIO-ROBOTICS PAGE

Scroll Down to see two other areas of interest:
Automata
and Rolling-Ball Machines (Kinetic Sculpture
)


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The "Franken-Hand" Automaton:             

Several years ago, when I was studying figurative clay sculpture, I sculpted a life-size series
using terracotta clay, and my own hand as the subject.

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Then, this Automaton project took my "Hands" sculpture series to the next level by including a "robotic" look,
in a Victorian/Steampunk (brass and copper) style, and simulated human movement.
 

I sculpted a life-size hand, in a relaxed pose, and then I added "robotic" joints at the knuckles.

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The next step was to add brass joints, hinges, support bands, and guides for the cables which would
operate this hand. Some of the metal pieces have a hammered texture, nuts and bolts, and other
hardware, to make them look suitably "Steam-Punk-ish".


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Below is a video of the Franken-Hand in action...




Rolling-Ball  Machine #1, a Kinetic Sculpture    
(completed 9/1/13)

For my next project, I bought a "MM-1 Marble Machine" kit (now out of production) from
Michael Henriksen. Of course, I couldn't just build the kit as-purchased; I had to add my
own motor/chain drive, embellish it with added movements, and add a few of my tiny
gnomes, doing their own wacky thing. I mounted the whole machine on an "Irish Tea" box.

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There are two videos of this machine.

         

The FIRST is an overall view, the SECOND is a close-up.



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Rolling-Ball Machine #2, another Kinetic Sculpture 
(Begun 9/13 , Finished  10/19)

My next project was a more complex rolling-ball machine, much larger than #1.
This one
uses steel balls, was designed entirely by me, and built from scratch.
Here is a video of the "spiral ball-lifter" part of the machine, taken 9/11/13.



I did eventually "finish" the entire machine, and it now runs flawlessly. In fact, it ran
all day at the Southern Maine Maker Faire, in December 2019. Now I also have
completed a Rolling Ball Machine #3. Videos of both machines coming soon.


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