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The kid and I had a blast spending a few hours playing with cardboard automata. (Thanks, Tinkering Studio!)

IMG_0807IMG_0812Designing cams = Creating circles with a compass. Plus hot glue. Tools rule!

IMG_0813Getting the cams to rotate smoothly required some trial and error. (Spoiler alert: extra masking tape and bushings go far.)

IMG_0819Behold the “Dizzy Marine Biologist.”

I had seriously good fun building my own automata featuring Loteria cards. And we’re both percolating ideas for adding motorized handles and experimenting with different cam configurations and more moving parts for the next time we go on automata pilot. Which I think will be pretty damn soon.

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