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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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
Note: texture modified from the original by 3DTaxi
Original 3d models by PolygunShoot (www.cgtrader.com) modified and adapted at paperPino’s workshop in Trieste (Italy). These paper models are easy to build as they consist of boxes, boxes, and more boxes… For best results, I suggest to use 200 g/sqm … Continue reading
The MOON (High relief cm 33x23x6)
The HAMMER The ANEMOMETER The BRIDGE
Di tutti i progetti di ponti di Leonardo, il ponte autoportante è certamente il più geniale nella semplicità della sua struttura e costruzione. Non sappiamo se questo ponte sia mai stato messo in pratica, ma non è difficile credere che … Continue reading
OGS Explora is an oceanic research vessel owned by the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS. The ship offers the national and international scientific community a wide range of functionalities, being equipped with laboratories and scientific … Continue reading
It’s time for experiments… … Paper layering bathymetry of South Adriatic, the deepest sub-basin (1250 m) in the Adriatic Sea. … The South Adriatic is the deepest sub-basin of the Adriatic Sea, in the Mediterranean. It is a crucial … Continue reading
Nice improving of my automaton WAP by José Carpio: rotating propeller and fishes jumping in the sea. Nice job, José 😉 _