Picture of Flower Whirligig Robogigithingy
Now here's a flower ornament with a robot theme or a robot with a flower theme. (Judges pull out rulebook to look at fine print again...) Whirligigs are mechanical contraptions that are powered by the wind to create some kind of fanciful movement and adds a touch of fanciness to your garden or yard. Similiar in concept to a windmill powering grindstones, these whirligigs have some kind of "propeller" or "pinwheel" to harness the power of the wind. Gears or some linkage translates the motion into something special.

Without having the proper engineering tools such as a CAD designer, 3D wireframe simulator, lasercutter, waterjet, exotic titanium and carbon fiber parts, metal fabrication shop, and a wind tunnel, I proceded to make this using my frugal material of choice, box cardboard from the recycling bin, a bunch of washers/nuts/bolts, glue, a wood dowel and a bunch of spare paint stirrer sticks gotten free everytime you buy a pail of paint. I'm sure you could substitute K'nex parts here or do a steampunk version but this one is my Instructables Robot entry for the Flower contest inspired by the contest Robot itself.

Step 1: A body of work, get jiggy...

Picture of A body of work, get jiggy...
I thought about cutting out the main shapes from hardboard/masonite or thin plywood but that involved getting out the heavy power tools and making a mess. I saw a few instructables on people layering cardboard to use as a building material so I thought I would give it a try. It turns out to be inexpensive, strong, and easily cut and shaped such as forming it for the drive parts. Don't worry about exact tolerances in cutting out parts or the diameter of the holes we drill. We are making this up as we go along. This is afterall cardboard we are working with, we're not building a Bimmer.

Get a hold of the Instructables Robot graphic. Print out the large image of the robot which can be found here. Print out two copies with the image scaled to fit a regular letter or A4 page.

Trim around the pictures so that you can glue it on a layer of cardboard. On the first picture, trim off the head. One the second picture, trim around the head but keep an oblong section below it where the pivot and drive bolts will attach.

After it dries, cut that out from the cardboard with a razor knife or strong utility shears. Trace the shape again on cardboard. You should try to change the orientation of the grain of the cardboard(the direction the internal ribs or ridges are running) as you trace the new part. Glue or laminate this to the first layer. For the main body, add on two more layers so it is four layers thick.

If you use scrap cardboard from IKEA boxes, you may want to add on one or two more layers for thickness and strength. We need all the layers for the proper spacing of the mechanical linkage. When the grain of each of the layers go in a different direction, it adds to the strength the same way they manufacture plywood.
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dummy19775 years ago
If I had a daisy for a wang, I'd get all the fly honeys. But alas, I'm not into bee-stiality, just into a very bad run of puns that I can't seem to escape from.

caitlinsdad (author)  dummy19775 years ago
Dis dummy is punny. :)
flio1916 years ago
thats hilarious! imagine several like 50 next to each other hahaha, oh, the wonders. plus the song from night at the roxbury... hmmm ideas ideas.
Flumpkins7 years ago
nice title lol.
Kiteman7 years ago
You know when you're supposed to be working, but you're sneaking a look on the internet, and you see something funny that makes you laugh out loud, so you try and suppress the laugh but it goes up your nose instead and makes a strange noise so everybody looks at you? You know that noise? I just made that noise.
Did everyone look at you?
The entire class. I ended up having to stop the lesson and showing them the videos.

(I suppose the vote is from them, rather than me)
>The entire class. I ended up having to stop the lesson and showing them the videos.

Only a disaster if the head teacher happens to be passing. Fortunately, she wasn't.
I'm tempted to move to Britain or wherever you live to join your class.
Wait, What? you were teaching?
Well, sort of ...
(I'd finished the teacher-led part of the lesson, and the class were doing group-work. When it's a well-behaved class, with vaguely intelligent pupils who actually think to read the instructions, you can end up at a loose end for 15 or 20 minutes.)
The truth is that we don't read the instructions. We're just better at guessing & looking at pictures. ;-)
Were you supposed to be teaching?
LOL, I've been in the same situation.
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
I was getting worried I would have to buy a vote from here... :-)
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
Good. It wasn't that other noise.
n8man7 years ago
You're gunna get banned for the Eric one. He will kill your account jk great instructable
caitlinsdad (author)  n8man7 years ago
Indestructable Cartoon Ray of Doom beats paper, rock or scissors...and I'm told, the atomic toilet...
Gjdj37 years ago
Haha. Cool. Nice job on the contest victory.
caitlinsdad (author)  Gjdj37 years ago
Thanks. When everyone has a laugh and no one gets their eyes poked, it is a good day.
So true.
sideways7 years ago
It's pure kitsch and I am SO making one for my garden! I love it :-)
caitlinsdad (author)  sideways7 years ago
One of the robot or someone you know? Way better than just an ordinary garden gnome. You can also animate the arm waving or something. If you use a picture of somebody, be sure to enlarge the head a bit relative to the body for comic effect. Have fun!
ewilhelm7 years ago
I'm not certain I can tell the real GorillazMiko and your recreation apart -- they are remarkably similar in their motion! As for me, a tad stiff!?!
HA! You both are evil!!! Evil I say!!!
And you're lucky you didn't see me like how I am at school...
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
And you're lucky you didn't see the long-haired version...
And you're lucky I haven't posted up my Instructable yet, that has parts making fun of YOU!!!!!
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Don't forget I own the Indestructable Cartoon Ray of Doom. You're such a good sport...
Don't forget I have a printer, a lighter/ matches, flammable liquids, and your profile image/ avatar.
caitlinsdad (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Okay, Sorry

that I don't have any Knex...
...that you could give to me...

Instructable, or maybe just an image, coming up soon.
caitlinsdad (author)  ewilhelm7 years ago
Could use a little more tweaking...seems it was programmed to do the Elaine dance. :-)
Haha!! These are hilarious!!
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
How funny.
haskan7 years ago
How do you delete an acount on instrucables?
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