Made A Paper Automaton

"A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep."
Vernon Howard

A few weeks ago, J found this book called Paper Automata, and it has kits for tons of different mechanical devices strictly made from paper. Having made my first paper craft earlier this year, I was excited to put something together that has incredible movable elements to it.

The book has really easy to understand templates, so I removed the pages and started to cut them out.

The first sections I cut up were the sheep elements. The white part of the sheep gets bent into a curve.

I cut four pages worth of pieces out and had all the pieces laid out.

Next, I started gluing the pieces together. Each section has labels that say where to glue. I glued the sheep first and then set it aside.
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Some of the pieces got pretty complicated. The main rotating section had several multi-faceted parts to it, and they all had to be assembled in the correct order and direction.

After I had finished attaching all the different parts together, I let the glue dry for a little while, but later on, I finally got to test it out.

This was a fun project. It was really cool to see how each of the elements formed a different part of the machine. I felt it was a wonderful blend of creativity and science. It takes a few hours to build, but it's not to unmanageable. I would totally recommend trying something like this out.

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