507 Mechanical Movements

There are those people who meticulously read books from beginning to end, then there are those who go through them with a fine tooth comb and try to recreate every single device in the classic book 507 Mechanical movements. I love those people! So Yeah! to Matt Keveney who did that very thing on his site http://507movements.com

Million and One Uses for the Monkey Fist

I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for ropes and knots. As a (previous) member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, I was/am very passionate about rope. As simple as it is, it is often the most overlooked solution. People are wary of tying knots as it involves a skill and practice. It’s […]

Make a ball and socket joint.

Recently came to my attention that there are a myriad different ways to make a ‘typical’ ball and socket joint. Here are a few of them. Wikipedia Ball and socket joints allow for much greater range of motion than other joints. They are wonderful to use and intuitive. The downside is that to build on […]

Analog Computer History: Vannevar Bush 1890-1974

UCLA’s 1948 Mechanical Computer from Gizmodo on Vimeo. via WIRED While this is a great piece of computational propaganda, it sadly doesn’t describe any of the processes  that it employs. (For that we’ll have to look at the video posted earlier.) And upon further exploration turns out that they are all designed by Vannevar Bush a pioneer of analog computing.  His engines […]

Mechanical Computation

Nothing beats a good mechanical computer. Gets interesting at 1:46. via Mechanical Computer (All Parts) – Basic Mechanisms In Fire Control Computers – YouTube. via .http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2013/analogmech/ I love those analog computing methods. So beautiful and direct. Despite the complexity of the gearing and the true tragedy was that they were all victims of ‘backlash‘ which can corrupt […]

Robert Nightingale World Clock

  Time is constant and moves in the same direction, in constant relation to all time zones. Time is not separate and there’s no need for separate devices. This is the WRLDCLCK. Each hand shows a different place (time zone), allowing you to personalize your clock, depending on where and who is important to you. […]

Animatronics Thanks to Disney

LINK Hot diggitity! Just knowing that there is result based gearing is amazing. What is it about gears that makes me salivate so much? When, if ever, will this be released to the general public? Sadly the answer is “never.” Disney is not known for releasing stuff into the public domain, despite the fact they rely […]

Steampunk Watch Tears My Heart in Two

I’m not sure what to feel here. This is an incredible piece of work, no one can dispute that. But what about all those amazing watches that were destroyed to make this? The elegant functionality ripped from them and transformed into a beautiful, but none-the-less static, bastardization. Sadly most steampunk creations remind me of prefab elementary school […]

Simplistic Clock Face

OOOhhh… a beautifully minimalist carved (routered?) clock face. And while the dials do look like a regular popsicle stick it seems to fit the design. My only suggestion: make it a 24-hour clock. Okum Made via This is Colossal