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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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
The MOON (High relief cm 33x23x6)
Nice improving of my automaton WAP by José Carpio: rotating propeller and fishes jumping in the sea. Nice job, José 😉 _
Do you need a castle to be 3D printed or, much better, to be printed on paper, cutout, and assembled? No matter how many towers, walls, crenellated ramparts you need: with Grand Castle Generator, you and your princess (or prince) … Continue reading
Direction/Set Design/Animation/Post Production DADOMANI Studio Director of Photography: Patrizio Saccò Graphics: Dadomani, Carlo Gazzi Set Building: Dadomani, Linda Vallone Music: Ramin Djawadi Sound Fx: Dadomani Client: Moleskine
Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect – showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did. See the research article by M. Burrows and … Continue reading
Christopher Busta-Peck at the Langston Hughes branch of Cleveland Public Library built this giant version of my Rolling Reels Circus “for the enjoyment of children and adults alike“. Video by Ron English. It is a work in progress – further work … Continue reading