Automata and Mechanical Toys
This site introduces you to the world of Automata and is packed with information to help you make your own working models from wood, card and metal. Sometimes referred to as Mechanical Toys or Kinetic Art, they are marvelous small machines that utilize most of the mechanical processes which can be found in almost every modern machine employing cams, gears, ratchets and cranks.
Designing and making automata is an exciting hobby, covering a range of skills and processes from Art, Engineering and Science, through to Craft Skills involving card, wood and metal. Whether you are working on a school project or looking to start making automata for a hobby this site will help you. You can also now buy on-line"How to design and make Automata" which can be download or get it on a CD-ROM. It will help Teachers and Students learning Design and Technology Key Stage 3 and GCSE D&T as well as anyone interested in working with wood and making their own Automaton.
We are now pleased to be able to offer our latest Publication: "How to Design and make Simple Automata". This book makes use of card, paper, and wood. It is ideal for anyone interested in making their own automata, but haven't got much making experience. You will find loads of ideas for using household materials that can be turned into fantastic Automata and mechanical toys. It also contains the plans to make 6 exciting models using cams and cranks, all out of thin card. This book is aimed at helping Teachers covering Key Stage 2 QCA Units 3c moving monsters, 5c moving toys & 6c Fairground rides But will make for a great start for anyone interested in making automata and mechanical toys as a hobby.
We now have 2 fantastic interactive CD-ROM's that show you how mechanisms, automata and mechanical toys work. " All about Mechanisms Movement and Mechanical Toys" give ideas and help for students making there own project work for moving monsters, moving toys and fairgrounds at Key Stage 2. "How to Design and Make Automata Mechanisms and Mechanical Toys" CD-ROM covers Design and Technology key stage 3 and 4, but again this is a great place to start if you want get into making them. It represents great value as it combines both books and comes with an hour of video examples of the automata, exploring how they work with great close ups and explanations of the mechanisms.
After Many requests we have finally made a fully chaptered DVD that shows you everything you need to know to design and make your own automata and mechanical toys. Packed with hints and tips you will find it an invaluable aid in the classroom or as a hobbyist wanting to start up or know more about how to make them. If a pictures worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million.