Motion study/experiments

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Motion study/experiments by skrekkogle Apr 16, 2013

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We’ve been experimenting with mechanical motions borrowed from braiding machines and figured out a way to lasercut and assemble a hand-cranked version.

There are “boats” that are carried through a track by a disc attached to intersecting gears, making them go around in an extended 8-shape pattern.

It’s not really done yet, tweaking and expanding still remains - feel free to do so. But we think the hardest part is solved, figuring out the pathing and “behaviour” of the boats.

Check out the blog post:



-The device needs to be cut from a 3mm plate. We used acrylic, because the low friction, but we guess other materials could work as well.
-There are just the one layer in the illustrator file, before cutting the holes and edges should be separated.
-The "boats" have been iterated upon; since we only did one round of laser cutting we cheated a bit and 3d printed the base of these. Stl and editable 3d-files are included.
-If a piece is loose in it's slot, we recommend using a transparent silicone glue, that is slightly elastic.

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Good day,

I am from Romania, Constanta and for some time I have been trying to build a model/replica of a braiding machine. Unfortunately the internet is my only source of ideas. I downloaded your file "Motion_studyexperiments", but I do not know how to open them.
Could you please help me in this matter, also some more guidance on how to build what you have done. Appreciate and thank you very much!