Mechanical Iris





Introduction: Mechanical Iris

I've seen lots of variations on the mechanical iris but not many plans for one. My 13 year old son and I worked on this together to figure out how it works and how to make one. We built several variations in different materials using slightly different fasteners. Several were laser cut and one was 3D printed. I've included drawings and models so people can easily modify it and make it better

And here are a couple videos showing it in action

And here's a visualization of it


Here is the Inventor model

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Can you provide dimensions?

Never mind. But thanks, this is really cool!

Any chance you've made one with 8 blades? I've been scouring the web to find the calculations needed in designing this but have come up with none.Thanks! helps you create your own iris. It's been a very helpful resource for me.

Oops, forgot the .com:

These files are all old windows 1995-2000 files. you will have to download a program

Some of the files wont download or show up as corrupt .tmp files... :/ Help?

Which files won't download? I can send you any you'd like

The .ipt and .iam parts won't download for me...