What are Automata?
Because of their diversity, automata are difficult to define. Here is our loose definition of them: “Machines that replicate human, animal, or inanimate objects’ motions, capabilities, and/or everyday tasks. These can be hand cranked, motor driven, or computer controlled.” This definition may be expanded as time flows. (Automata Magazine Group Forum)
My name is Giuseppe Civitarese (aka Pino), from Visintini, Italy. I am an oceanographer, and in my second life I am a card models builder and designer. My passion for paper modelling began in 2000, when I decided to build a paper castle for my little nephew Matteo. Later, Matteo never built any paper model. On the other hand, since then I've never abandoned this hobby. My specific interest is in designing paper automata, and terrestrial and celestial globes from digital replicas of antique maps.
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Place Santa on an inclined surface and… Colloca Il tuo Babbo Natale su un piano inclinato e…
E’ tempo di bilanci e di ringraziamenti. Sono stati tre giorni molto intensi dove io, tendenzialmente orso, ho fatto un buon esercizio di socializzazione… Innanzitutto un immenso grazie a Cinzia Pizzi, senza la quale tutto ciò non sarebbe stato possibile … Continue reading
This year, I will be at the MAKER Faire 2021 (European Edition)!I will bring my automata, and in particular I will explain to the interested people the design and construction processes of Leonardo’s Mechanical Hammer. Come and see me! Quest’anno … Continue reading
March 2, 2011The old steel giant decided thatthe time to break his moorings and escapehad finally come.The Bora, blowing at over 170 km/h,was his accomplice.Quickly, Ursus gained the sea.Two tugs launchedin pursuit.It took hours to bridle himand bring him back … Continue reading
A fretwork paper lamp for your Christmas timeUna lampada di carta traforata per il tuo Natale
Andi Rüegg, a talented Swiss paper modeler, has come up with the idea of building a 50% version of MACHINA. Honestly, I thought he couldn’t do it, but the final result is simply fabulous. See his construction report (very informative) … Continue reading
Mauther, from Brazil, owner of PAPERMAU, (a huge collection of free original and exclusive paper models and the best, rare and unusual free papercrafts of all the world!) dedicated one of his lovely American 1950’s style garages to me. Thanks … Continue reading
Although apparently this machine might seem completely useless, it is the proof that everything (or almost everything) is possible with paper…Download, print, build and have fun! (660x165x220 mm) Sebbene apparentemente questa macchina possa sembrare del tutto inutile, essa è la … Continue reading
This model is my free interpretation of the mechanical hammer designed by Leonardo da Vinci.After putting sand in the upper container, its fall causes the paddle wheel to turn, which in turn drives the mechanical hammer cam.NO GLUE is needed … Continue reading