One of the most popular pieces from the small machines series was the walking man from November 6. I received videos and pictures of other people making their own versions and recently a school in Barcelona used the idea for their classes, this really made me happy because it’s really rewarding to inspire others to make something. My intention with first designs was to use common materials and methods to keep them accessible, but I can’t deny my love and appreciation for digital fabrication so I decided to design a version for the laser cutter.
I’m still using wood and paper but decided to skip the use of wire. In this case the simple crank works well made out of wood. I’m using 3 mm birch plywood and some 90 lb paper but the paper thickness doesn’t affect the design very much so use whatever you have at hand. The paper is glued with regular white glue and you might have to glue the wood depending on the kerf of your laser cutter. Download the files from this github repository.
And check out this embedded video for the assembly. I would love to see your builds so please tag me on social media or send me an email.
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A new version of an old favorite. I've been meaning to recreate some of the automata from last year as laser cut, shareable versions and this is the first one. I think the square profile crank works well as long as the paper tubes have the right size. Only thing left to work out is a better way to make the ankles stiffer. Pretty happy with the kerf cuts for the plywood spring though.