more talking pictures

two cam followers

two cam followers

closeup of cam followers

more followers

new part of writing mechanisim

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more talking pictures

studio wall

spring

soon the machine will write

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talking pictures

the phrase the machine will be writing

the work desk

cam follower arm

first cam prototype on wall

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the first steps

This is a sketch of how a cam disc looks. 4ft dia.

A sketch of how the bumps would move a cam follower up and down.

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Some progress

So it has been a long time since my last post, some things to know…

-I have decided to make a cursive writing machine.

-Fabrication is at its peak

-I have a lot of pics coming.

The basic premise of the machine is that it writes through completely mechanical means. It has six cam discs that control followers that move the writing elements.

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What else?

My profs and GSIs may not realize it, but I have been burning the candle at both ends. Not only am I preparing for where I want my work to be shown- I am compiling and designing a website for it to go in as well. I recently decided to teach myself Dreamweaver and while it has been difficult and time-consuming, I have nevertheless made progress in it. I have an idea of how I want the site to look and know exactly how people will navigate through it, but the tough part has been getting the navigation to come through in the coding. What I was looking for all along was the sleek but  somewhat typical “lightbox” setup, where  someone can stay on the same page and just enlarge photos of work. I was able to get three versions i liked for different reasons up and running. I think I came to a conclusion with which one I will be using.

I was thinking something like the backside of an object like the one below would be the front page and a user would click on a lable/object and it would take them to the next page.

This was another option. I could recreate this sort of circuity pattern.

Lastly I have three links below  for the different lightbox navigation setups. I think I will be going with the third because of its features and movie support. Copy and paste them into the browser.

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Meanwhile

In addition to the normal IP regiment, a few fellow students and I have been working to fund our off site exhibition. If you are reading this and are capable, please come to our bake sales or one of our other fantastic events and help us out. Proceeds go to the off site fees like rent and space preparation.

Below we have two fantastic fliers done by Ercia Fink:

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