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Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

JK Brickworks’ LEGO Drawing Machine

LEGO enthusiast Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks created a simple spirograph style LEGO drawing machine that can draw five patterns. Made with just under 100 pieces, it consists of a turntable, an armature, two anchors...

Hand-cranked kangaroo automaton (and friends)

As the kangaroo leaps, its ears wiggle. Its eyes roll. The flowers dance. Birds fly, and the cat's trying to hang onto a fish. This incredibly charming piece of mechanical mayhem, titled Hundredweight of Heads, was cr...

Great Ball Contraption (GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016

Featured at Japan's Brickfest 2016, this Great Ball Contraption is made of 20 modules created by four designers: 3 modules from Finn, 2 from Toise, 1 from Y. Kuramata, and 14 modules from Akiyuki, who is famous for cr...

Meccano Rope-Making Machine

Engineered with metal strips, plates, angle girders, spools, chains, axles, gears, nuts, and bolts, this rope-making machine twists three strands of string into a rope. Built by Meccano enthusiast Peter Ashby, the mac...

Stadsmuziek (City Music) – Akko Goldenbeld

A three dimensional wooden map of Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrapped around a turning cylinder -- an external player piano mechanism -- Stadsmuziek (City Music) was a 2011 design project by Akko Goldenbeld: The tal...

Ma’agalim, Jane Bordeaux, & journeys inside an old penny arcade

"In a forgotten old penny arcade a wooden doll is stuck in place and time." This is Ma'agalim (Circles), a beautifully animated music video by Tel Aviv-based band Jane Bordeaux and director Uri Lotan.

JK Brickworks’ LEGO Orrery

Orreries, mechanical models of the solar system, are not about proper scale, but they are good for better understanding the basic positions and motions of the planets and moons in our solar system. LEGO artist Jas...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Tiny engines made with paper

Behold engineer Aliaksei Zholner's working V8 engine, made entirely with paper (and he notes, "some scotch tape on valves to eliminate friction"). At 32 x 24 x 27 mm, it is tiny, as is this paper throttle: Zho...

Rowland Emett’s Marvelous Dream Machines

From a 2014 exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explore the Marvelous Machines of Rowland Emett, an English cartoonist and maker of fantastical mechanical contraptions. Emett lived and worked in Birmingha...

A Sisyphus kinetic sculpture made with LEGO

Whether it's being powered by a hand crank or a motor, this Sisyphus LEGO kinetic sculpture by LEGO artist Jason Allemann is impressive, from the smooth movement of the figure's body to the myth-driven depictions on t...

Making wire gears + the kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson

We love gears. Steel gears, wooden gears, paper gears, unusually shaped gears... but we'd yet to see handmade wire gears. Enter Arthur Ganson and his kinetic sculptures, including the one above, Machine with Housefly....

Four anamorphic paintings on a sculpture of glass: emulsifier

Rotate around a sculpture of 160 hand-painted glass strips to discover what image appears on each side. This is emulsifier, an anamorphic set of four paintings by Thomas Medicus. We love when visuals become s...

A Briefer History of Time: How tech changes us in unexpected ways

Have you ever gone camping where you wake and sleep with the sun and moon? Have you played outside all morning, only coming in when you get hungry for lunch? What was life like before we could measure time? How have c...

Pangraph v4: Making Spirocakes (Spirograph Pancakes)

Nathan Shields has been working on making spirograph pancakes for over a month. From his workshop to his kitchen, he's done the math, designed templates, made gear teeth on a bandsaw, tried out different materials, an...

Journey of Two

Animator and illustrator Joshua Mulligan explores his detailed, hand-drawn animation style in this dreamlike moment between two retro-futuristic friends. A graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Mulligan ...

How to make a mechanical snail coin bank

Designer Christopher Blasius makes small wooden machines and then shares his designs online, including plans that can be purchased. Watch as he carefully cuts, glues, drills, sands, paints, and precisely fits together...

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