Making soft cheese spin.
Machines and food!? Yes please!
We were contacted by the Stripeland team with this particularly tricky set-up. Four plates that start spinning and rise up out of the table to be greeted by a thin waterfall of ingredients to just cover the tops in one revolution.
Lemit and Sander
HOW WE DID IT
From that very specific brief, we knew we were going to need some help from the computer to control these elements, as well as some very clever rigs. Conveyor belts, motors and pneumatics provided the mechanical movements, all controlled by Arduino. We built a user interface in MAX MSP which gave us total flexibility and control as well as the option to do it in one take.
The turning of the plates was created by using modified battery drills. No secrets here – the chucks allowed us to easily swap out the plates for resets, whilst the gearing provided us with plenty of torque, as well as variable electronic speed control.
The wobble came from a carefully off-set silicon boss connecting the plate to the shaft. As the motor speed increased, the gyroscopic/centrifugal effects came into play, levelling out the plates.