Designing automata kit & cabaret mechanical movement

Some newer-ish stuff @ the Maker store —

The 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. Make is proud to be the only store this side of the pond to carry this kit – Link.

But wait, there’s more!

A fabulous jewel of a book imported from the UK in time for the Holidays. Published by London’s Cabaret Mechanical Theatre (CMT), Cabaret Mechanical Movement is 124 pages packed with diagrams, information and useful tips on making your own automata. Using the machines and automata from CMT to explain levers, shafts, cranks, cams, springs, linkages, ratchets, Drives and Gearing and even coin-op control, this is a great introduction for those inspired to go and make their own work. The book ends with a helpful checklist to keep you going. If you still don’t know what a cam is, not to worry this book is for you as well – Link.

4 thoughts on “Designing automata kit & cabaret mechanical movement

  1. mkdreamcast says:

    it’s really amazing. I like them. And i walways think it’s important to be creative if want to achive success. hehe. As a webmaster, i met many creative tools and new things. web2.0 make more small companies come out. if they want to be competitive, they need to provide more new services. In my opinion SaaS (software as a service) is a brand new industry AND I belive there will be many legends to be created soon. As i known, WebEx is one of them. Further more, I know some more small starter company are very very potential and creative. They have great idea about providing many good services, like: YMU a free web site monitoring service provider; ThinkFree provide online files sharing service… … I am looking forward them to be another Google or eBay :-)

  2. dugnorth says:

    These are great additions to the MAKE Store! Cabaret Mechanical Movement is an excellent book on automata-making.

    For the automata-curious, here is a list of some other automata books.


    Dug North

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