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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.

Cupid.pdf190 KB

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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

IsaacN5 made it!4 days ago

Very nice project - thank you.

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.

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.

IsaacN54 days ago

Wow! This is amazing! We're going to give this a go for next Valentines Day for sure! Thanks for the great Instructables!

selinaniles made it!6 months ago

I made this with laser cut. Thank you!!

duncan_a1 year ago

How do you go from PDF to Laser Cutter? The people I contacted weren't able to produce from PDF...

Sorry if the answer is obvious to those 'in the know', I'm new to laser cutting...


robives (author)  duncan_a1 year ago
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.
emancdf1 year ago

Great work as usual Rob. I have been wondering when you would make the leap from paper to laser cutting ???

Hoping you'll still make paper models <3

robives (author)  emancdf1 year ago

Thanks - I'll still be doing paper as well as the laser cut stuff.

clazman1 year ago

I'm not sure how to take this.

The crude looking metal links detract from the precision laser produced components. They belong on a "hand made" equivalent.

Also, epoxy does not dry it "cures"

robives (author)  clazman1 year ago

Fair enough Clazman, I'm happy to hear suggestions...

RosyGlow1 year ago

So wonderfully clever!

wrenv1 year ago

Delightful. Love 3d stuff that moves! I too am lusting after a laser cutter.

Love it! Wish I had a laser cutter

That looks so cool. The wings almost seem to be bending...

robives (author)  Antzy Carmasaic1 year ago

The power of offset linkages :-)

Outsanding -

tremendous work

robives (author)  Fikjast Scott1 year ago
Thanks :-) Glad you like it.