david cranmer of nervous squirrel reveals the duck machine
david cranmer of nervous squirrel reveals the duck machine david cranmer of nervous squirrel reveals the duck machine
oct 23, 2013

david cranmer of nervous squirrel reveals the duck machine

david cranmer of nervous squirrel reveals the duck machine
all images courtesy of the nervous squirrel




moving in a graceful pattern this mechanical sculpture by british designer david cranmer of nervous squirrel consists of 49 independently controlled rubber ducks. the piece was commissioned by specialist motor manufacturing company faz elektrik for a tradeshow to reveal a new range of actuators. the programmable matrix has 49 miniature motors that are controlled by 14 driver boards and 3 arduino microprocessors. the mechanisms are constructed from polycarbonate and connected to the small plastic ducks via flexible fiberglass rods. in order to join the dissimilar metals, brass guiding tubes were silver soldered to the steel frame.



‘duck machine – mechanical sculpture by dave cranmer’
video courtesy of the nervous squirrel



the little rubber ducks move up and down in a graceful patterned motion



the moving sculpture is created by independently controlled motors



side profile of the duck machine



the miniature ducks suspended in the air



detail of the ducks



detail of the machine’s polycarbonate cams



the rows of polycarbonate cams



the inside showing the mechanical construction



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  • This is all fine as a first step.
    The sound needs to be a musical score. The unfiltered sound TAKES away from your presentation.
    The focus should be on the ducks and the camera should move in and among the ducks so the viewer is INVOLVED/IMMERSED in that VIEW.
    Ask yourself what you are presenting here. An artist’s vision, OR a mechanical toy and how it works. The two are different.

    i am paedra.com

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