Make Nashville Workshop: Keyboard Kat Papercraft Automata, 09/25/2016 12:30-5pm



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I’ll be teaching the second edition of Papercraft Automata at Make Nashville on September 25th, and this round we’ll be building the Keyboard Kat!

Using Rob Ives’ wonderful paper automata designs, I will teach you the basics of mechanical movement. Each class will explore a different mechanical movement concept including crank sliders, scotch yokes, geneva cranks, gear boxes, worm gears, rack and pinions, and more.

You need not have taken previously editions of the class to take this one. Each is self-contained. And you don’t have to be a Make Nashville member to participate, though being a member gets you the member discount.

In this edition, we will extend our knowledge of  cams and learn about straps and levers by building the Keyboard Kat! At class finish, you will have a completed automaton that you can take home. You’ll be able to use the concepts learned to build more projects that move.

I also have a few Hungry Dinosaur kits from the last class for those who would rather build that.

Cams have been around for hundreds of years. They are the main mechanical principal behind self-writing, self-drawing, and music-playing automata such as the one featured in the movie Hugo. There’s so much you can do with this one simple concept!

Date: Sunday, September 25 from 12:30pm to 5pm.
Location: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Class fee: $7 for Make Nashville makerspace members. $12 for non-members.

All ages are welcome, though students 11 and younger should have an adult to assist them. We only charge per kit, so if an adult and child are working on a single kit together, it just counts as one admission.

We will supply all tools and components, however if you have a favorite cutting mat, pair of scissors, or Exacto-knife, feel free to bring it along.

Buy your tickets here. This class is limited to 18 students and is expected to sell out, so reserve your spot quick.

Learn more about the Keyboard Kat here.

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