This laser cut Cupid automata uses gears and linkages to come to life. Turn the handle and watch him fly!

This project was originally published on robives.com A full kit of laser cut parts is available for purchase here.

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.

Step 1:

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

<p>Interesting project... Once you get into it, it becomes apparent that a lot of thought went into developing the original. The parts and assembly are well documented. I used materials that were &quot;on hand&quot; and substituted brass tubing for the wooden dowels, cherry base, etc. </p>
<p>thanks... ^^</p>
Not sure if the video loaded but here's a photo<br>p.s. I never got the magnet wing attachment to work so replaced with shearing elastic
<p>awesome! Do you still have the file of this?</p>
I made a couple of Cupids but then Valentine's Day passed, so I changed Cupid for a Dragon.
<p>Great model - I love it.</p><p>There is, I think, a tiny error in your .pdf. You have 4 small gears, all marked X. Two of them should be offset by half a tooth and marked with O to match the offset of the big gears. Otherwise a PERFECT present for a spouse or partner....!</p>
<p>Very nice project - thank you. </p><p>I would suggest to upload a DXF file instead of PDF - since the PDF had some weird mistakes. DXF is the best option since it works in many CAD applications. </p><p>I do not have a laser cutter yet - so I did it with my CNC router (1.0 mm End Mill) - which was quite a struggle with the cogs teeth. </p>
<p>Wow! This is amazing! We're going to give this a go for next Valentines Day for sure! Thanks for the great Instructables!</p>
<p>I made this with laser cut. Thank you!!</p>
<p>How do you go from PDF to Laser Cutter? The people I contacted weren't able to produce from PDF...</p><p>Sorry if the answer is obvious to those 'in the know', I'm new to laser cutting...</p><p>Thanks</p>
The software I use has an import option which includes pdfs. What format do they want? I might be able to add the appropriate file to the project page.
<p>Great work as usual Rob. I have been wondering when you would make the leap from paper to laser cutting ???</p><p>Hoping you'll still make paper models &lt;3</p>
<p>Thanks - I'll still be doing paper as well as the laser cut stuff.</p>
<p>I'm not sure how to take this. </p><p>The crude looking metal links detract from the precision laser produced components. They belong on a &quot;hand made&quot; equivalent.</p><p>Also, epoxy does not dry it &quot;cures&quot; </p>
<p>Fair enough Clazman, I'm happy to hear suggestions...</p>
<p>So wonderfully clever!</p>
<p>Delightful. Love 3d stuff that moves! I too am lusting after a laser cutter.</p>
Love it! Wish I had a laser cutter
<p>That looks so cool. The wings almost seem to be bending...</p>
<p>The power of offset linkages :-)</p>
<p>Outsanding - </p><p>tremendous work</p>
Thanks :-) Glad you like it.

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