These books were originally written for teachers to help with making Automaton and Moving Toys. The curriculum has changes over the years although the mechanical principals still hold true. Many people have also enjoyed the books as a few years ago we offered them to the public. The books are now produced in PDF format.
How to Design and make Simple Automata Digital PDF Book
If you fancy making automata but are deterred by the thought of having to have lots of tools for wood working or a workshop. Well this book is for you. Nearly all the automata featured in it are made from card or paper, the only wood used is for the drive shafts and this can be a barbecue stick or 5mm wooden dowel which can be easily cut. The book also contains the complete plans for making 6 different (but similar) automata out of thin card as well as suggestions for adaptations. It's bursting with ideas, tips and information and really does offer you the perfect introduction to making your own simple automata.
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How to design and make Automata Digital PDF Book.
The has 84 pages packed with practical advice and information and over 270 black and white illustrations to help you fully understand the principals of mechanical engineering behind making your own working Automata. This is done in a simple and understandable way. Importantly all this information is directly related to making Automata. It also gives valuable advice on Designing and Constructing your own Automata as well as guidance on the purchase and use of special tools. It all amounts to a very clear, simple and comprehensive guide to anyone interested in making their own Automata. It builds up on "How to Design and make Simple Automata", there is some cross over but it covers things like gears in much more details as well as ratchets etc. For the more confident maker who is happy to work with wood and metal then this is a great place to start.
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Get both books combined for only £12.99
There is some cross over in content between the 2 books so this offer combines all the relevant information in a easy to use interactive PDF
How to Design and Make Automata - Mechanisms - Mechanical Toys
This original CD-ROM (now PDF) combines and transforms our books "How to Design and Make Simple Automata" and " How to Design and Make Automata" into a multi-media format including nearly an hour of large screen (700x500) MPEG 4 video and a 144 page interactive book which links the text to relevant videos.
Combing the two books into a PDF file gives you the best of both worlds. You can print it and use it as a traditional book or as an interactive document with links to a section on mechanisms and another to a gallery that explains how the automata work using quicktime / flash movies to clearly show the mechanisms.
How to Design and Make Automata - Mechanisms - Mechanical Toys PDF Download only £17.95
Turn the handle and you can make Inky the Cat or Patch the Dog appear to bark or meow (silently)!!! or have Freddie Frog leaping on his lily pad and Olly the Owl flap his wings up and down whilst nodding his head.
The CD-Rom will need QuickTime for the movies to run.
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Download the full Cd for £2.99