Weâ€™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 â€œboatsâ€ that are carried through a track by a disc attached to intersecting gears, making them go around in an extended 8-shape pattern.
Itâ€™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 â€œbehaviourâ€ of the boats.
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-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.