LEGO Plaiting machine

Specialist Subject Presentation
Brookes University – Black Box Studio
February 2011

This machine was culmination of the exploration and development of a number of mechanisms wising LEGO. The plaiting method was developed from a long-standing fascination as to how machines perform this action.

The flying pendulum escapement is erratic and the constraints of working with LEGO enhance this; it has to be finely tuned so as not to behave chaotically.

After being presented at Brookes in brief performances the machine was then adapted to run continuously for exhibition at the Museum of History of Science in Oxford as part of the Eccentricity exhibition.

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