Automaton Dragon!

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Automaton Dragon! by MakerBot Jul 31, 2012

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This is an easy-to-build Dragon that "flies" when you turn the crank. I'm really starting to get into making automata, so I hope you folks enjoy them as well.

Shown here in MakerBot's Dark Sanguine Red ABS.

Created by Jason


1.) Find, or buy, the following things;

 a.) Some 1mm brass rods (or a bunch of paperclips- straightened out)  

 b.) Some really small wire, or a single bread tie (coating stripped off)  

 c.) 8 x 3mm screws and nuts (or whatever fits)  

 d.) 1 3/4 inch washer (optional-just helps it turn a little smoother)  

 e.) Super glue, and/or hot glue  

 f.) A drill with a 3/16" bit (AKA -a small bit)  

2.) Refer to the photos I uploaded.

3.) Have fun!!

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how long would this take to print i have 12 hours

nice wee thing only thing is legs ,run walk ,or hid hide back wards this could be cool if be large one and put on wheels

It's fantastic!!!!!!

I found this to be a frustrating project. There needs to be information on how long to make the connecting rods, since the difference is size between hewing rods and the rod for the body have a huge effect on the workings. It glosses over details like that.

Made a video of mine in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmJvRCUgwJghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

a bit of tweaking on the wings but other than that I think it came out
ok. I printed it at 75% scale because the full size uprights and plates
were warping too badly, and I changed the print layer for the
uprights/bases to .40mm which ended up causing the surface layers to not

Whats wrong with the wings? There are raised blobs inthe midfle of each wing. I thought my copy had an issue but it seems to be in the part renders above too.

I can't make out what is joining the main body pieces together. Is it filament (in which case is it flexible enough)?

This has been up since July and there's still no video of it?? Cmon...really?

I certainly like this thing, but am I the only one having trouble with at least one of the STLs?

The upright part does not skein on my end. Using Slic3r (tried both 0.8.4 and 0.9.0) it just reports that no layers were found and it may need repair. Tried repairing using both meshlab (import mesh then export stl) and netfabb (first aid over and over).

I'm sure I'm missing something so any pointers would be appreciated.

I managed to get every part sliced using http://cloud.netfabb.com/http://cloud.netfabb.com/. Maybe this is helpfull for you?

I realized that mostly only the cloud service could repair correctly.

Thank you for the tip.

Now on to printing...

There should be a gradation in the "I like it" button. Really wish I could click "I love it" here :-D

very cool, but when I look at the close up it looks like it's made of meat, and I can't help but think of the meat dragon in Llamas with Hats 3

Jason Bakutis here, (guy who made this dragon). I was on vacation, I am back now, and will be making a nice, simple instruction manual. Stay tuned!!!

I started printing one, but some assembly instructions would be helpful. At least lengths of the metal parts and how to mount them. What goes into the holes in bottom of each part of the dragon?

Looks very cool. I'm trying to visualize the mechanism - looks like the dragon's head, tail and wings are fixed, and the body moves up and down (since the rod goes through the platform), making the wings/head/tail flap? But I can't figure out exactly how the pieces connect under the platform to make the rod go up and down. If you could post a picture of what's under the platform, that would clear things up.

I piled the parts into a few plates (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:27751)http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... so hopefully I can figure out how they fit together for myself. Most of them are pretty obvious. Just add wire and some screw eyes? Hmm, gotta see if we can make those printable as well... though I'm not sure it'd be strong enough! :-)

Plated Automaton Dragon!
by laird

Link got slightly confused, and I can't edit, so here it is again:


Plated Automaton Dragon!
by laird

can we get a quick video?

great job :)

wow ! impressive

(the new .stl renders are quite sexy too)

Wow! Do you have a video of it in action? And some info on how to build it?