Instructor: Selçuk Keser


In this class you will learn how to create a mechanism using computer, or how to create Automata with paper, cardboard, wood and Plastics. Make your own products with using laser cut technology and wood materials.

Also, you will learn how to create a machine, with using some motion types. You will also understand how mechanisms work, such as; ventilation machine, sewing machine, wooden muppets, walking robots, primitive inventions, Da Vinci Machines…etc

What is Laser cut?

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut or engrave materials. While typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, it is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists.

What is Automata?

An automata is a self-operating machine, or a machine or control mechanism designed to automatically follow a predetermined sequence of operations, or respond to predetermined instructions. Some automata, such as bellstrikers in mechanical clocks, are designed to give the illusion to the casual observer that they are operating under their own power.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, each attendee should be able to:

  • Draw, edit, convert 2D graphics
  • Solve problems with mechanical designs
  • Learn prototyping and testing and iterations
  • Know making a product
  • Understand how to create their own mechanisms
  • Know creative thinking
  • Learn digital prototyping, such as laser cutting
  • Prefer to make gifts instead of buying


Week 1:

  • Introduction to Design, Dimensions D, 2D and 3D,
  • Mechanisms and common examples in the world,
  • Innovative products.
  • Assembling an Automata from sketch.
  • First Automata Project with paper.

Week 2:

  • Making second project with cardboard.
  • Using basic tools, such as; scissors, creature blade, PVA adhesive, stick, ruler and cutting mate

Week 3:

  • Learning lasercut technologies,
  • Assembling final project, finishing and testing