Sledging Penguins – Prototype Model

Thu, 29 Sep 2016

The co-axial drive from Essential Mechanisms looks to be a promising starting point for a few different paper projects. I was planning on making the contra-rotating robot first but I’ve been distracted by Mr Cool and his fabulous mash-up with the Runaway Rabbit. I mentioned in a comment on the post that I might have a go at something similar myself but with sledging penguins instead of the rabbits in cars.

Here are my (very rough) sketches of what I had in mind. The idea is fairly straightforward. There is a large rotating disk connected to one axle. This moves the outer penguin round and round. The inner penguin is mounted on the other axle and turns on the spot in the other direction.

First step, design a penguin on a sledge. Presented here is my first freehand draft amde from coloured card. Next step, I’ll cut the model up and lay out the parts on my scanner then outline them in Illustrator making a set of printable parts.

Comments (4)

  • pantanik September 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Sarebbe meglio Che Il

    Sarebbe meglio Che Il Pinguino interno roteasse non su se Stesso MA venire Quello esterno, al contrario.

  • rossmcsweeney September 30, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Looks great! 

    Looks great! 

    Someone with better Italian skills will have to help me out with the above comment sorry!

    The middle penguin will spin by itself whilst the outer penguin spins in a contrary motion?

    • robives September 30, 2016 at 5:53 am

      The outer penguin circles the

      The outer penguin circles the model in one direction and the centre penguin spins on the spot in the other direction.

  • rossmcsweeney September 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Your Italian is flawless.

    Your Italian is flawless. Haha

    Please make the middle penguin with comic book style dizzy eyes! 

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