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Light Painting Photos with a Geometric Drawing Machine

7 days ago   |   By Peta Pixel

Originally, the geometric chuck was a device to make ornate patterns on a lathe. Invented in the 1860s, the device could have up to 8 layers-each driven by a central shaft.
There are several of these complex devices still in existence and on display in museums. Each layer can have a unique set of gears to control the rotational rate of the layer in response to the central shaft and be displaced a radial distance from the central shaft.
Evaluating the design, I decided to update the system and use a programable stepping motor for each layer. I limited this drawing machine to three layers...
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