I've just launched a fun little project which you might like. Its intended as a holiday gift for friends or for yourself. The project is limited to 100 backers and... Read more
New Mass Market Drawing Machine
Sorry for many of you getting too many copies of this email. I can't sort my backer list.
My collaboration with Thankfun has just gone live on kickstarter. Its a... Read more
A new Desktop Mutoscope project
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I've just launched my newest desktop mutoscope. Some... Read more
New Drawing Tool
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I've just collaborated on a new drawing tool... Read more
Tiny New Drawing Machine
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The Cycloid was the best drawing machine that... Read more
A Great Review to Inspire You
Wayne Schmidt is a writer and commenter on technical curiosities like Harmonographs, kaleidoscopes, and astronomical tools. His website has hundreds of pages with extensive explanations. Wayne was also an early... Read more
Its been a long long process of making the Cycloids but its finally over. The last 3 Cycloids shipped out today. I really wish it had gone faster and I... Read more
The Cycloid Drawing Machines are slowly shipping. On a good day I can get 6 packed and in the mail. On days where I need to replenish some part or... Read more
Lots of little parts...
These are just some of the 480 fulcrum slides. Each slide is glued together from 4 pieces of wood. I guess its good that I never did the math for... Read more
Wooden Tray to Keep Parts Organized
Originally the tray was just for shipping. Then it seemed like it would actually fill a need to keep all the pieces in one place when you are working with... Read more
Jim Bumgardner, an internet wizard and project backer, has been making a digital version of the Cycloid machine. Starting with my design files he's made an amazing digital version of... Read more
Box Label Design
Sorry for the delay in getting updates but I've been busy gluing the gears. All the gears are finally done and it was time to tackle the box parts. I'm... Read more
Laser Cutting a Gear
Here's a long video of the laser cutting a 47-tooth gear for those of you interested in production. This is the top part of the gear. There is a support piece... Read more
Die Cutting the Paper
I just got back from approving the die-cutting of the 9-inch paper circles. Its a 2-up die running on a Heidelberg cylinder press. Always cool to see these things cranking... Read more
We're at 2-1/2 weeks since the campaign period ended. I thought you'd like to hear about some of the progress that's been going on. In that time I've:
- ordered more... Read more
Thank you everyone!
I really am speechless. I had hoped there would be eight or ten people who'd want to play with this drawing machine. I never thought so many folks would join... Read more
Another Setup Variation
After I made the moving fulcrum video yesterday I tried another variation. One really neat thing is to reverse the connecting rod on the setup. The picture above is made... Read more
Videos of Simple Setups
The beta tester of the Cycloid Drawing Machine thought videos of the most common setups would be helpful. There will be a printed manual with a parts list, and now... Read more
Beta Machine Shipping
One deluxe version is going out to a backer for work on a secret but soon to be public project.
There isn't any diecut paper or manual yet; those will... Read more
Computer Art Links
One of the best things about doing a crowd sourced project is learning from the backers. Normally this update should be filled with pictures of the Cycloid machines being laser... Read more
Play it again...
There needed to be a way to re-draw patterns that you created last week or last month. I've been snapping a cellphone picture of the setup for drawings that I... Read more
Funded on 1st Day! Wow and thanks!
Thank you all!
We met our funding goal on the first day thanks to you. And of course I started adding stuff and revising the design. Here is a video... Read more