Small Streams

The Missing Linkage
December 20, 2011, 3:54 pm
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This is a picture of Consul, the Educated Monkey. There’s a backstory about an actual monkey at the turn of the last century making a big hit in the salons of Europe. I’m not as interested in that as the actual mechanics. Here’s my second or third attempt:


The position of the numbers has something to do with the angle of the links. I’ll be studying the monkey a little more, so I can make an addition and other tables to insert.

I’m also playing with my autocad app and drew this:


Consul, the Abstracted Educated Monkey
December 7, 2011, 5:04 pm
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Coroplast Scale
December 4, 2011, 12:40 pm
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I’m almost where I want to be conceptually with this scale. The only materials necessary are the plastic rivets and the coroplast. The coroplast, as you can see, has been recycled. It took me a while to figure out that making slots in the platform would work. The two bottom rivets are actually unnecessary.

I will measure the next iteration more carefully to insure its sensitivity (decrease its tolerance?). I’m also going to see if I can make a coroplast bowl, and how to make a better bearing than just a plain old rivet.

20111204-122755.jpgThe other thing I want to look at is a $2 handheld Chinese scale, which is somewhat similar to my postage scale.