HOWTO make a laser-cut Cupid automata

Rob Ives created this great laser-cut cupid automata and has supplied files and instructions for recreating it with your own laser-cutter (or that of your local makerspace).

This laser cut Cupid automata uses gears and linkages to come to life. Turn the handle and watch him fly!

I've made the pdf file of parts available for everyone to download for free. You'll need to adapt it to suit the file format of your particular laser cutter.

If you don't have a laser cutter you may be able to use one in one of the many FabLabs and Hacker Spaces which are springing up all over the world.

Laser Cut Cupid (Thanks, Rob!)

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  1. That should be "a laser-cut Cupid automaton". It has Greek roots, like "phenomenon".

  2. Kinda cutting it close to the Valentine wire, ain'tcha?

  3. No, it's a neologism used by automata creators -- they use the latinate plural form as a singular, and have done for at least a decade.

  4. scav says:

    Greengrocers have been using apostrophes in plurals for longer than that smile

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