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Re: What's on my bench - Talking Skull

 

Hi Randy...
Fun!
How will you get the jaw to move in sync with the sounds?  That seems like a challenge.  I wouldn't know how to even begin doing that.
Nice work.
-Jim Coffee-

On Tue, 10 Nov 2020 at 08:39, Randy <rglissmann@...> wrote:
I'm making a talking skull using my 3D printer. I'm designing it with Fusion 360 and have attached renderings of the front and rear views. It mounts vertically on a wall with an USB cord attached to the bottom of it. My first design had a hinged jaw but I was disappointed with its movement. Currently the jaw moves up and down similar to the Monty Python cartoons. The skull will contain a speaker, LEDs, and the electronics. The jaw will move in sync with sounds recorded on a micro SD card. I found a bunch of Three Stooges sounds to use. I'm lucky I'm retired because this is taking a lot of time.

-Randy


Re: What’s on my bench

 

Hi Barry...
Thanks for posting.  You do very fine woodwork!  It's also fun getting a glimpse around your studio...for example it looks like you've got a bucket of rounds in the background.  I love seeing other people's studios.
Your automata looks like fun.  I'm looking forward to seeing a video when it's finished.
Cheers
-Jim Coffee-
one of the Automata Group Moderators
Creating automata near San Diego, California



On Tue, 10 Nov 2020 at 07:35, BANOFALK <banofalk@...> wrote:
Hello All

Currently, I am trying to make a rider on a trotting horse. So far, the action is pretty good. Hopefully the rider will hold rigid reigns which will cause the horse’s head to nod. There is quite a lot of action from the simple cams. The supporting tail is not as weak as it looks. It encases a hexagonal steel Allen key!

Regards

Barry






Re: Should this forum remain active?

 

Hi Sharon...good to meet you...and thanks for your post.
Among other things you said "I am a member of the small group that has come together to keep Automata Magazine alive. Going forward I will be promoting the Magazine through social media. I would love to be able to promote this forum as well Jim. If there is some way that I can help with the work of running the forum I am willing to help with that as well.".
A couple of thoughts:
  • Thanks to the group that has formed and stepped up to assist Marc.  We would like to know more about you.  I'm guessing that you will be introducing yourselves in the Jan-Feb issue...but if you would care to tell us more now...we are listening.
  • Regarding promoting this forum.  I don't consider this forum to be mine...I consider it to be the property of Automata Magazine.  I'm just the guy that set it up and am one of the moderators.  Marc is the other moderator and another owner.  Any promotion you do would be wonderful.  The stronger the magazine and this forum are the better!  I am in awe that you will be doing the promotion through social media.  I find myself staying far away from things like Facebook.  Good for you for forging ahead and entering the social media swamps! (An automata could be created based on that thought (social media swamps).
  • Thank you for your offer of help.  I'll put your name at the top of the list and will call on you at some point in the future.
Take care...stay healthy.
Cheers
-Jim Coffee-
one of the Automata Group Moderators
Creating automata near San Diego, California



On Tue, 10 Nov 2020 at 07:18, Sharon Fraser <sharon.fraser@...> wrote:
Hello Jim,

I want you to know how much I have enjoyed the forum. I appreciate all the effort you have put in. Although I am not an active poster I am a happy reader!  I would miss the inspiration it provides.

I have been fascinated by automata for years. I have built many paper and wood kits but have never attempted one of my own design. The learning curve seems steep.
Having said that I enjoy reading about the challenges, progress, and ultimate success of the real life “makers” like you. You are always so generous with your encouragement and assistance.

I would like to add my voice to that of many others who hope that the Forum will continue. Like many others I use Facebook as little as possible. I think the forum is a better method of communication for the group.

I am a member of the small group that has come together to keep Automata Magazine alive. Going forward I will be promoting the Magazine through social media. I would love to be able to promote this forum as well Jim. If there is some way that I can help with the work of running the forum I am willing to help with that as well.

With thanks and warm regards,
Sharon





What's on my bench - Talking Skull

Randy
 

I'm making a talking skull using my 3D printer. I'm designing it with Fusion 360 and have attached renderings of the front and rear views. It mounts vertically on a wall with an USB cord attached to the bottom of it. My first design had a hinged jaw but I was disappointed with its movement. Currently the jaw moves up and down similar to the Monty Python cartoons. The skull will contain a speaker, LEDs, and the electronics. The jaw will move in sync with sounds recorded on a micro SD card. I found a bunch of Three Stooges sounds to use. I'm lucky I'm retired because this is taking a lot of time.

-Randy


What’s on my bench

BANOFALK
 

Hello All

Currently, I am trying to make a rider on a trotting horse. So far, the action is pretty good. Hopefully the rider will hold rigid reigns which will cause the horse’s head to nod. There is quite a lot of action from the simple cams. The supporting tail is not as weak as it looks. It encases a hexagonal steel Allen key!

Regards

Barry


Future of the Forum

BANOFALK
 

I do hope the forum continues. It is reassuring to know people all over the world are beavering away making all kinds of nonsense. Where else would you raise questions concerning automata?

Regards to all

Barry


Re: Should this forum remain active?

Sharon Fraser
 

Hello Jim,

I want you to know how much I have enjoyed the forum. I appreciate all the effort you have put in. Although I am not an active poster I am a happy reader! I would miss the inspiration it provides.

I have been fascinated by automata for years. I have built many paper and wood kits but have never attempted one of my own design. The learning curve seems steep.
Having said that I enjoy reading about the challenges, progress, and ultimate success of the real life “makers” like you. You are always so generous with your encouragement and assistance.

I would like to add my voice to that of many others who hope that the Forum will continue. Like many others I use Facebook as little as possible. I think the forum is a better method of communication for the group.

I am a member of the small group that has come together to keep Automata Magazine alive. Going forward I will be promoting the Magazine through social media. I would love to be able to promote this forum as well Jim. If there is some way that I can help with the work of running the forum I am willing to help with that as well.

With thanks and warm regards,
Sharon


Re: Sad Loss - The Passing of Keith Newstead

Ron K
 

I don't consider myself a big social media consumer, but follow several makers on Instagram. Tom Haney first posted it and then I saw a post by the Cabaret Mechanical Theater. Sad to lose such talent at, in 2020 and an industrialized nation, age 64,  .


Keith Newstead

BANOFALK
 

The passing of Keith Newstead is a great loss to the word of automata. He had a great imagination and was very skilful. He started from very humble beginnings. I have attached a photo of one of his early creations… Doyouthinkhesawus. He was generous enough to share some of his designs on the Instructables web site (see Steam Punk Singing Bird, Eden Project Collection Box and New York Construction Worker).

A few years ago, I asked him for permission to make a copy of his Great Fish Tank in the Sky and he was very supportive. He said when he was a child he was sad when his pet fish died – his mother said it had gone to the “Great fish tank in the sky”.

I don’t think we will ever see another like him.

 

Barry


Re: plywood

 

Hi Brian...
I source my Baltic Birch plywood from National Balsa.  They stock, 1/64,1/32, 1/16, 3/32, 1/8, 3/16/ 1/4, 3/8, 1/2.
Cheers
-Jim Coffee-
one of the Automata Group Moderators
I create automata near San Diego, California




On Mon, 9 Nov 2020 at 11:33, Brian via groups.io <brian_pacholka=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Where are you getting your plywood from? The box stores don't seem to have good quality. It seems like every time I try to make something from it I hit a void. I would like to find some good quality 3/8  or 10mm.


Re: Sad Loss - The Passing of Keith Newstead

 

I was unaware.  Thanks for your email.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if his headstone was a beautiful automata?
Cheers
-Jim-

On Mon, 9 Nov 2020 at 12:29, Ron K via groups.io <peter.pilot=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Very saddened by the announcement of the passing of Keith Newstead.  A tragic loss for his family and all of us who loved his work. Will be sorely missed!


Re: Should this forum remain active?

 

I would like to thank everyone that has responded to this question...and I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the forum.
Based on past participation and on your comments I've decided to keep this forum in service.  I will ask Marc to run a little advert for the forum in each issue of Automata Magazine.  And I ask all of you to feel free to participate here.  Ask questions, share experiences.  Our goal is to share and strengthen the world of automata.
Thanks again, everyone.
Cheers
-Jim Coffee-
one of the Automata Group Moderators
Creating automata near San Diego, California



On Wed, 4 Nov 2020 at 19:28, Jim Coffee <jim@...> wrote:
Good evening...
I approached Marc about 1-1/2 years ago and suggested this forum.  After discussion, the forum was put in place and it became active in August 2019.  
While I continue to think that this forum is a good idea the reality would suggest that it is of marginal value and should be turned off.  I'm tentatively ready to close this forum on December 31, 2020.  I would like to thank those of you that have posted/contributed!
Please consider this email an opportunity to make your thoughts known regarding the value of this forum to the automata community.
Cheers
-Jim Coffee-
one of the Automata Group Moderators
I create automata near San Diego, California




Re: plywood

Ron K
 

Brain, probably more the "what" then the "where." Furniture grade as a standard for no voids, and Baltic birch for affordability and ability to take a wide variety of finishes. Thickness and width is probably going to drive the local availability. The facing will be very thin so a of of care has to be taken to not sand through it.

Ron


Sad Loss - The Passing of Keith Newstead

Ron K
 

Very saddened by the announcement of the passing of Keith Newstead.  A tragic loss for his family and all of us who loved his work. Will be sorely missed!


Re: plywood

Myron Tupa
 
Edited

I have gotten Baltic Birch plywood at Lowe's.  They have a section where you can purchase 2' x 4' pieces.  I believe the tag denoting the price also mentions, "void free". 

I just checked a better source.  I have purchased wood for cabinetry here:  Boulter Plywood Corp 1-888-958-6237  Located in Medford, MA just outside Boston.  However; they ship EVERYWHERE.  Family business.  When you go to their site click on  "product gallery".  I immediately saw "void free" plywood listed.

 


plywood

Brian
 

Where are you getting your plywood from? The box stores don't seem to have good quality. It seems like every time I try to make something from it I hit a void. I would like to find some good quality 3/8  or 10mm.


Re: Should this forum remain active?

Brian
 

I just found the forum and would like to see it continue. I like what I have seen here. It is way better than Facebook.


Re: Should this forum remain active?

Jim Larson
 

I strongly agree with Ron. Love the forum and would really miss it! Rut FB is a loser for me for the same reasons.

          -jim

On 11/5/2020 12:00 PM, Ron K via groups.io wrote:
Would miss it it it went, but I understand "someone" has to manage it. I avoid FB like the plague, in part because of their data mining, and in part because I don't care for the format as a means of communication.

Ron

Virus-free. www.avast.com


Should this forum remain active?

Myron Tupa
 

Thank you Jim for the head’s up. 

I like the idea of the forum being here.  Am I to understand that the forum is what we receive in our emails and not a separate site?

Facebook is out for me for the reasons Ron mentioned and the fact that I may be sucked into spending too much time at the screen “looking around”!  I get the print version of the magazine which I can study at my leisure.

As long as I have your attention I want to recommend a wonderful exhibit of automata at the Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury St. Boston, MA..  Pat Keck, look her up, has a show called; HIDE ’N SEEK, from November 21 to January 10.  Most but not all of her pieces are automata. She’s a VERY accomplished printmaker as well.

I plan to write an article about the automata that I have attached to this correspondence.  I had mentioned this to Marc a while ago but an apartment rehab got in the way of my devoting the time to something totally new to me.

Like my wife says: Breathe deeply and laugh often!

Myron


https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ek356w8ikyi6wv/IsabelSpinner.mov?dl=0


On Nov 4, 2020, at 10:28 PM, Jim Coffee <jim@...> wrote:

Good evening...
I approached Marc about 1-1/2 years ago and suggested this forum.  After discussion, the forum was put in place and it became active in August 2019.  
While I continue to think that this forum is a good idea the reality would suggest that it is of marginal value and should be turned off.  I'm tentatively ready to close this forum on December 31, 2020.  I would like to thank those of you that have posted/contributed!
Please consider this email an opportunity to make your thoughts known regarding the value of this forum to the automata community.
Cheers
-Jim Coffee-
one of the Automata Group Moderators
I create automata near San Diego, California





Should this forum remain active?

Myron Tupa
 

Thank you Jim for the head’s up. 

I like the idea of the forum being here.  Am I to understand that the forum is what we receive in our emails and not a separate site?

Facebook is out for me for the reasons Ron mentioned and the fact that I may be sucked into spending too much time at the screen “looking around”!  I get the print version of the magazine which I can study at my leisure.

As long as I have your attention I want to recommend a wonderful exhibit of automata at the Pucker Gallery, 240 Newbury St. Boston, MA..  Pat Keck, look her up, has a show called; HIDE ’N SEEK, from November 21 to January 10.  Most but not all of her pieces are automata. She’s a VERY accomplished printmaker as well.

I plan to write an article about the automata that I have attached to this correspondence.  I had mentioned this to Marc a while ago but an apartment rehab got in the way of my devoting the time to something totally new to me.

Like my wife says: Breathe deeply and laugh often!

Myron


https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ek356w8ikyi6wv/IsabelSpinner.mov?dl=0


On Nov 4, 2020, at 10:28 PM, Jim Coffee <jim@...> wrote:

Good evening...
I approached Marc about 1-1/2 years ago and suggested this forum.  After discussion, the forum was put in place and it became active in August 2019.  
While I continue to think that this forum is a good idea the reality would suggest that it is of marginal value and should be turned off.  I'm tentatively ready to close this forum on December 31, 2020.  I would like to thank those of you that have posted/contributed!
Please consider this email an opportunity to make your thoughts known regarding the value of this forum to the automata community.
Cheers
-Jim Coffee-
one of the Automata Group Moderators
I create automata near San Diego, California




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