Shark Attack Automaton Project
Box Mechanisms Assembled

Box Mechanisms Assembled

Main Mechanism Front

Main Mechanism Front

Main Mechanism Back

Main Mechanism Back

Character Swimming Pieces

Character Swimming Pieces

Ratchet Mechanism Inside Box

Ratchet Mechanism Inside Box

Video of Automaton Movement

AutoCAD Drawing Front

AutoCAD Drawing Front

AutoCAD Drawing Side

AutoCAD Drawing Side

This project involved the construction of an Automaton box with various movements depicting a shark attacking a cartoon character. I completed AutoCAD drawings of my design. I then extracted the drawings from AutoCAD, brought them into Adobe Illustrator and lasercut each of my pieces from 3mm plywood. The Automaton is operated manually by a hand operated crank. Although this project required some trial and error and the finished piece would get stuck at times, I found this an interesting and beneficial project to complete.