Modular Automata

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Description

You can now create your very own automata, using this Modular Automata kit, pick and combine motion types to create your custom automata.  There are three types of mechanisms, that provide rotational, sliding and vertical movement.

This is a easy print but finicky to assemble, just keep calm and assemble it slowly. 

This project was without a doubt one of the most complex I ever done, and surprisingly it works rather well as you can see in the video. Hopefully after the description I made you can now assemble it without too much trouble.

To further help with your build I provide a link to the Fusion 360 design http://a360.co/2pUvkFa, to allow better view of the entire design.

So, just to wrap up here are the simplified steps for this build:

1- Choose how many cubes you will need.

2- Create your own signs. Using Fusion create your sign and at the bottom of it add a cylinder with at least 2cm of height and with a diameter of 3mm.

3- Choose the mechanisms you will use (the sliding one requires a different top face for the cube).

4- Print all the parts required

5- If you have access to wooden 3mm chopsticks or skewers, use it instead of the axle provided, it's a lot easier to assemble.

PS As you assemble the cubes start adding small drops of glue, it avoids the assembly falling into pieces if you accidentally drop it. Also add a bit of lubricant (I use a PTFE based one) at key places to ensure a smooth motion.

Print Settings:

All pieces were printed in PLA, at 205ºC, 0.2mm layer height, 10% infill,

Design Files

File Size

Mechanism-1-part1.stl
233 KB
Cube-Connectors-two-cubes-connector.stl
118 KB
Cube-Connectors-clip.stl
26.3 KB
Crank-part1.stl
345 KB
Signs-happy.stl
356 KB
Signs-ballon-color-3.stl
50.1 KB
Mechanism-2-part1.stl
358 KB
Mechanism-2-part2.stl
136 KB
Mechanism-2-part3.stl
112 KB
Mechanism-3-part1.stl
287 KB
Mechanism-3-part2.stl
214 KB
Mechanism-3-part3.stl
241 KB
Mechanism-3-part4.stl
191 KB
modular-automata-2.stl
12.7 MB
Signs-ballon-color-1.stl
52.2 KB
Signs-ballon-color-2.stl
51.3 KB
Signs-ballons.stl
96.8 KB
Signs-birthday.stl
536 KB
Axle-axle.stl
120 KB
Axle-connector.stl
98.9 KB
Crank-part2.stl
134 KB
Crank-part3.stl
66.8 KB
Cube-Connectors-final-connector.stl
85.5 KB
Cube-Connectors-one-cube-connector.stl
97.2 KB
Cube-side.stl
457 KB
Cube-top-2.stl
438 KB
Cube-top-bottom.stl
457 KB
Mechanism-1-part2.stl
68.8 KB

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