#2  Make CAMS, CAMSHAFTS & CAMFOLLOWERS

BUILD  A QUBE AUTOMATA

Getting Started Guide

& start moving puppets in space!

Thanks a lot to Liam Nilsen · nilsen@museum for his version of a cardboard Automata 
And thanks to the Tinkering Studio for inspiring Liam! 

AUTOMATAS or AUTOMATONS

are mechanical objects / figures that appears to move by its own will. 

We made them for thousands of years all around the world. 

They are used as religious manipulators, as tools, as science prototypes

& as amusing toys for all ages.

Building Qube Automatas is a powerful way to learn

how machines works, while building stories in more dimensions!

This guide will help you make simple moving characters for extended play in your Qube. 

The Camshaft princip

CAMSHAFTS are  axis with rows of cams. 

CAMS are plates
with different shapes

Camshafts in Automatas

 #1  Find these tools & materials 

Cardboard

Craft foam

Tape

Grill skewers

 #2  Make a CAMSHAFT & a FOLLOWER 

A. Make a simple CAM 

Cut a few CAMS plates out of foam
Start with 2 circles in different sizes.

Later you can add different shapes. 

C. Make a CAM FOLLOWER

xxx.

Later you can add xxx

B. Make a simple CAMSHAFT

Make a simple Camshaft on a grill skewer. 
Start with a single circle round. 

Later you can build a row of cams. 

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#3 Make cardboard BEAMS     & construct with them in the Qube

A. Make a simple cardboard beam

Cut & Fold a rectangular piece of cardboard
Width: 160mm x the length you decide. 

Fold it like this

Later you can make more beams in different length. 

B. Attach it to the Qube

Use Grill Skewers or alike. Pin them through the cardboard and the holes in the Qube

Later you can attach any length of cardboard beams to each other or to the Qube. You can build both vertical, horisontal and diagonal inside & outside the Qube.

Now youre getting started! 

Skew constructions are fun too. 

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 #4 Add CAMSHAFT & FOLLOWER to the Qube 

A. Build in the CAMSHAFT to the Qube. 

Find two beams and pin the camshaft horisontally.


Later you can add different positions

Then place the cam follower vertically

Turn the camshaft to see if the cam-follower spins. 

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 #5 Make a FIGURE & attach it 

A. Build in the CAMSHAFT to the Qube. 

Find two beams and pin the camshaft horisontally.


Later you can add different positions

Then place the cam follower vertically

Turn the camshaft to see if the cam-follower spins. 

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