Just saw the video posted above on Facebook. DTech Inc should really be about building this type of device--one that blends the arts with design and engineering. I was blown away by how cool all of the gears and pieces interact to produce an awesome song that is steampunk-esque. This machine reminds me of the Charles Babbage Difference Engine (see video below), which was one of the first "calculating machines" or a mechanical computer.
Both devices are inspiring me to get our CNC machines working to make gears. My plan is to decorate the pod (now the DTech Inc Lab) with interlocking gears across the frieze of the room. Each gear will drive another all the way across the room. The gears will be powered by an arduino, which will control the timing of the driving gear. The artist above recommended using a website called Gear Generator to build the gear setup. Apparently once you have your design you can print out the gears as an SVG file. In order to open up SVG files I downloaded an app called "Inkscape," which is free.
My plan is to create the gears on the generator, download the SVG, add the files to Inkscape, the submit them to the CNC software. We'll see how it goes--I still need to buy the CNC machines. I am going to get the X-Carve for large format cuts and the Nomad 883 desktop mill for smaller precise jobs.