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Next week I am going to try out the Designing Automata Kit from the Maker Shed. It’s a beautifully made kit that seems to have endless possibilities. When I opened the box, I was really surprised at just how many pieces are included in the kit.

The New Designing Automata Kit is great value and fantastic quality. No glue or tools are required, and you will learn about simple mechanics using cams and a crank slider mechanism. Many different designs can be made, and the kit used over and over again. Produced in Thailand using chemical-free rubber wood, from sustainable sources.


Using the kit straight out of the box is going to be a lot of fun. Then again, I wonder how I might add some electrical components to make my Designing Automata Kit really unique.

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.

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