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Spirograph is a drawing toy that was invented during the 60's by Denys Fisher. it allows drawing some really cool shapes on paper. check the online version of that, lots of fun - http://nathanfriend.io/inspirograph/

Pantograph is a mechanical linkage that allows tracing a shape down to scale. in my case, I'm using 3-d router pantograph, built after Matthias Wandel's plans. it allows to copy a shape in 1:2 or 1:3 scaling. in this case is used 1:2 ratio.

Combining these too together will give you some cool carving effects. the video below explains the whole process, which is quite simple:

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the Spirograph is made from 4mm acrylic sheet, cut by laser cutting machine (the same machine that produces rubber stamps, can be found in almost any print shop). I designed the Spirograph's gears on Matthias Wandel gear template generator program. note to self: next time make it with transperent acrylic.
The possibilities are almost infinite. every hole will give a different design, and i can use any combination with the 6 gears i already made. cutting more gears will increase the possibilities even more.

Thanks for watching.

Links:
Gear template generator - http://woodgears.ca/gear/
3-d router pantograph - https://woodgears.ca/pantograph/
online Spirograph - http://nathanfriend.io/inspirograph/

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I can see some very cool applications of this for your future projects. Congrats on putting together such a technically complex jig/machine.
 

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Very cleaver! Looking forward to your future posts, same subject!
 

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another interesting thing i would like to do. fun projects. great for school projects.
 

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Amaizing tool! Imagination and sky are a limit.
 

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Very cool indeed my friend.
I can see a lot of fun and imaginative projects coming out of your shop with that tool.
 

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That is a real cool process. Nice work on it!!.............Jim
 
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