Mar 05

Transmission Between Train & Machine

2007 • Posted by Kai @ 1:08 PM

Although I’ve had the experiences to build this kind of machine, this piece still took me a lot of time to assemble it. After about 48 hours non-stop working period…..well, maybe 2 hours nap…..the sturcture has finally done. The most challenging of this product is that whole machine did not use any screws or nails, all joints are assembled with wood nog and glue. The machine is basically a three sets of linking mechanism but they run individually. All the shapes and sizes of every piece are under the expectation and function like them supposed to be. The only issue is bout the materiality that the mechanism was moving smoothly when it is only built in the single layer, but when I layering the machine it starts getting tight because it is made of hardboard that all components rubbing each other. I did put lots of wax on the joints but it didn’t help that much, let alone I was thinking to link all three sets of mechanism together.

Three gears are placed by the train track on the top of the bridge, which is the controller to drive the machine. When trains passing the machine runs. The metaphor of this project is to transfer the action from above the bridge to underneath based on the pure mechanism. For further extension of this project is to develop a structure on the spot. My first thought is to design a moving tensile structure, which traveling alone the train tracks and running on the certain timeline over Winnipeg (a ghost structure apeared at 5 early in the morning).

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