Mechanisms Online- Cam

Fri, 16 Aug 2019

A few years back I spent quite a bit of time putting together an online resource showing how various mechanisms work. It consisted of several Adobe Flash animations and explanatory text. Unfortunately, Flash is no longer considered secure for web use so I haven’t added anything to it for a while. The original mechanism page is here… you’ll need to activate the Flash plug-in to try it.

I’m planning to redo the mechanisms but this time I thought I would use actual video of paper models. My plan is to make a series of stripped-down mechanisms, video them and make a downloadable version for each mechanism.

Here’s the first draft for a cam mechanism.  What do you think? Would they be useable in a classroom envinoment? Which format would be best? A gif? An mp4? An Instagram video?

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The video below is downloadable for your use. Click the download button under the video.

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Comments (2)

  • maxlrainer August 31, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Hi Rob,

    good idea to update your mechanism-online page.
    The gif-format will be the easiest to handle with, but also it is quiet time-consuming to produce the animation. So I think, an mp4-video is a good alternative. Instagramm and facebook are widley used, but not everyone is using them (is in fact so).

    Best wishes

  • Tracy November 23, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Thanks! Your stuff is amazing. I teach art to K-6th grade students and am excited to incorporate some of these mechanisms. Ever made a merry go round? Check out Ile des Machines in Nantes France, if you haven’t seen it already. I think you’d dig it.

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