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Triornithopter V


The fifth series of the Triornithopter became the first robot to successfully travel interdimensionally. Its unique form allows for ease of use in surface, air, and space travel. The Curtis-Miles design is literally light years ahead of other robots. Constructed during the middle Steampunk era, it was the first 'bot to use a matter-antimatter engine instead of steam power, thus ushering in a brand new era in machine locomotion.

This original, unique robot, constructed from found objects and hand-tooled parts, is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. It measures 14 inches (36 cm) in length, 12 inches (30 cm) wide, and 15 inches (38 cm) high. When moved by hand, the wheels turn, the propeller spins, and the head rotates.

Name: Triornithopter V
Height: 15 inches (.38 meters)
Class: multi-dimensional interceptor
Model: Series 5
Manufacturer: Curtis-Miles Engineering


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  Behind the Scenes:
The Making of Triornithopter V

Serendipity played a big part in the building of this 'bot. While digging through the mounds of metal at the salvage yard I first found the front face plate of the bubblegum machine thinking that it would make a cool part of some robot. However, it was almost two months later when I discovered the main body to the gum machine. I was really stoked when the two pieces fit together, and I just knew I had to build something out of it.

Many of the parts for this robot had to be designed and created such as the parts to hold the glass globe in place. The parts that would become the fenders were made from Kuchenprofi Rolling 4-Blade Herb Cutters.

If you take a look at the cutting disk on my Dremel tool, you'll notice the cutting wheel is ground down to almost nothing. Stainless steel is a very tough metal to cut through.


  First test assembly.    

The robot's neck is from a fan assemble from a car. I have a couple of these parts, and this one fit just perfectly into the body of the bubblegum machine.



The chrome piece used for the propeller assemble was another lucky find. I'm not sure what it was originally designed for, but it definitely worked our great for me!

In the photo just to the right, I'm test fitting some of the parts I designed. Creating the curved piece for the back center assembly took a lot of work just using hand tools. I'm really considering using 3D metal printing on future robot parts.

  After several hours of sanding off a lot of gunk and old paint, this 'bot first received a nice primer coat. It took another couple hours just to prep it for its main red coat of paint.      




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