My next project for Boca Bearings will be a sliding puzzle similar to the the ones seen in Cogs (skip ahead in the video about 40 sec). It is based on the picture sliding puzzles where you have to slide several panels around to un-jumble an image. Check out Instructables for an example of how to make a sliding wooden puzzle.
This design is in an early state of development, it is only a mock up and will ultimately be wooden or 3d printed cogs with wood panels. At the beginning of a design I usually jump between arranging physical objects and drawing them in the computer using Rhino. For this build I laser cut several gears out of acrylic, fit them with Boca bearings and placed them on a 12" x 12" piece of acrylic I had sitting around.
This is just a bolt acting as the shaft but it will be machined from scratch with an area to mount to a wood panel.
Now, I will need to begins construction on the wood panels and start machining the posts. At that time I will see how things move around and make adjustments from there.
August 10, 2015