This laser cut Cupid automata uses gears and linkages to come to life. Turn the handle and watch him fly!
I've made the pdf file of parts available for everyone to download for free. You'll need to adapt it to suit the file format of your particular laser cutter. If you don't have a laser cutter you may be able to use one in one of the many FabLabs and Hacker Spaces which are springing up all over the world.
As well as all the parts shown here cut from 3mm laser ply you will also need a selection of 6mm diameter dowels cut to length as follows.
6mm x 4 : 9mm x 3 : 15mm x 5 : 25mm z 2 : 35mm x 1
Start by fitting two 9mm long dowels into one of the body sides. They should be a tight fit so you may need to tap them into place with a hammer.
Glue the body middle into place, tap it down and add another thin film of glue.
Fit the other side into place.
You'll need four 3mm cube neodymium magnets to attach the wings. I purchased a set from eBay for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
Glue the four magnets into the slots in the body using strong epoxy adhesive (Araldite)
The glue holding the four magnets will need to dry completely.
Snip the end off a paper clip to make a crude drill.
Use the drill to make two small holes in the edge of both wings.
Bend a length of paper clip so that it fits neatly into the two holes.
Press the staple home and glue it into place with epoxy.