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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s lucky day

Why lucky?! Because the machine is not alive.
But this does not mean the work was unsuccessful. The trigger to save and release the energy of the snail-spring would actually work (in theory :). Due to the crudeness of the construction the whole mechanics jammed easily (which means a chance of jamming of 100%).
Additionally I was surprised that I did not have to scrap my whole construction and start all over again with a new blueprint anytime during the workshop. The construction just grew and added up and still remained “functional”.

Below are several photos to show the stage of construction i reached:
The mechanism in its early stage
Almost all of the parts, but unassembled
Detail of the mechanism
If not handled with care this can become very painful

I took the mechanism home for now, to analyse it a bit more. I’m planing to build not only the mechanism but the outer shell – which I couldn’t get even near to think about during the workshop – with the help of a 3D printer.
I will probably scrap the mechanism afterwards, unless I can find a generous buyer who’s interested in crude 2D mechanics to hang up his/her wall 😉

btw: I uploaded some pictures of the workshop to an album. Go have a look. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture all the projects because my card space was running out very quickly.

Album: RoboWorkshop 2010

Will the Sorcerer’s Apprentice come to life?

I’d rather say: no.

Currently the mechanism to turn on and off the rattle jack is to crude and jams to easily to make it fluently work. On the other hand the self-built snail spring is awaiting its resurrection on the attic. Maybe when its forces are unleashed the whole thing will suddenly work… We’ll see later this day.


This entity is the sum of its parts. Small spheres create one big one. A big one which you want to punch. Punch real hard. But their dispersion is not of length. They contract to rise again as one entity.

A little illustration for you visual enjoyment and better understanding:

Von RoboWorkshop 2010