Narcoleptic Office Worker

Wed, 28 Oct 2009

Further progress on the sleeping office worker. 

This stage is the outline of the basic body shape with moving parts. There is a pushrod running up the centre of the body connected to the inside of the head.

Lifting the pushrod first makes the head tilt forward then the whole body. From that stage pulling the pushrod down returns the character to his upright position.

I'd like the movement to be intermittent so that he leans forward a little at a time. I'm planning on using a cam and a ratchet. Hope I can fit all the bits in the box!

I'll need to add some hair, shoes and colour to finish him off.

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Comments (10)

  • Shelley Noble October 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    What a thrill to see your

    What a thrill to see your thought process/progress, Rob! I love the sculptural quality I see in this stage.

  • Deal October 29, 2009 at 2:33 pm

      A really terrific automata

      A really terrific automata design, Rob. And so very clever. Looks like he needs a hat or cap, though, to cover up the slide coming out of the top of his head. Oh, wait. Maybe he’s an alien office worker having difficulty breathing our air and that slide thing is really a set of antenna.


    • robives October 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

      Thanks for your comments

      Thanks for your comments chaps!

      I’ve been doing layouts for this model today – it’s always a little sad cutting up the model to put it in the scanner! Anyway – all parts now transferred to the computer – I have a little box of parts ready to assemble in the morning.

  • NickT October 30, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Cut out the eyes so



    Cut out the eyes so that I can mount one or two red LEDs in the head, attach the mechanism to a small RC servo, and run it backwards so that he sits slumped, then using the salvaged PIR from the solar powered LED floodlight that B & Q are selling, have him sit slowly up, his eyes open and fix the person approaching with a steely red glare …


    What a pity I have to complete an essay, but if it wasn’t halloween, so you weren’t expecting it, it could be even scarier 🙂


    All we eed to do is persuade Rob to release an all white version so he can be made suitably ghoul like with a new paint job …



    • robives October 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm



      • NickT October 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm

        Excellent – but, more gore

        Excellent – but, more gore … 🙂

  • cool022883 March 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    maybe if you still have the

    maybe if you still have the files saved somewhere for this ,the newtons craddle and the other office model projects you were planning on making you can bring them to life.i know you have been thinking about a kickstarter project so perhaps kick starter can kick life back into these projects as long as theres no legal issues since it was a book project.

    • robives March 2, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Sounds like a good idea –

      Sounds like a good idea – pretty sure the book isn't going ahead now 🙂

  • JohnW April 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Rob, did you ever get a

    Hi Rob, did you ever get a book deal for this model as well as the others you designed for it?  I would really like to see this model finished as well as the original "Executive Cuckoo. Any updates you can give us?



    • hugo leandro April 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Hi, Rob! As you see all the

      Hi, Rob! As you see all the friends are very enthusiastic with these models. Do you have any news?

      All the best,



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