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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Within the frame of his studies about the flight, Leonardo designed an instrument for measuring the wind intensity and direction. In the so called “thin sheet anemometer”, the wind intensity is proportional to the shift of the thin sheet, measured … Continue reading
[25x30x40 cm, 165 parts, about 90Mb] The Mechanism. WAP is a paper automaton whose main mechanism is Redtenbacher`s variation of the Cartwright straight-line mechanism, a twin gear driving a common slider crank. If the two gears have different but almost equal … Continue reading
Release Year: 2004
In 1922-23, LA Times newspaper offered to its readers a series of animated cards by Dan Rudolph to cutout and assemble.Some years ago (maybe in 2007) I downloaded these cards from the Barnacle Press site, a web archive dedicated to … Continue reading
As Tom Mitchell said: This is the perfect thing to have at work for when I need a “mental health moment”. Thank you michael42er!
This model (a wooden version) was used in one of the physics experiments described in the works by the French abbot Jean Antoine Nollet (1700-1770). When the double cone is placed at the lower end of the frame, it automatically starts to roll … Continue reading
This is one of the simplest machines designed by Leonardo in order to improve the human performance. A lever connected to the hammer is moved by means of an eccentric cam. At each turn of the handle, the hammer gives … Continue reading
Released on 2nd February 2006, WitS is my biggest and the most complex paper automaton I ever designed.