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This instructable is for the making of a moving origami kinetic sculpture/machine. This will also show you the basics of how to use servo motors with an arduino type micro-controller. I have been wanting to figure out how to use motors with the arduino for a while since they are one of the main ways to go from electrical to mechanical. The way I make the origami swan move is by using two strands of fishing line that are connected to the servo motor which swings back and forth to pull the wings down. The paper's natural springiness then brings the wings back up and the process repeats.

Step 1: Materials/Tools

Picture of Materials/Tools
  • Itsy Bitsy
  • Fishing line
  • Wire
  • Wire stripper
  • Small screwdriver
  • Small computer screws
  • Servo Motor
  • Servo motor arm (this will come in the package for the servo motor)
  • Paper
  • 3d Printer (or an online 3d printing service)
  • Computer that is compatible with the arduino software
ThanosSnap3 months ago
I was ordering the parts for this project and I noticed that you never mentioned the toggle switch. I recommend you adding that in to your list of items.
bsmorgan4 months ago
In Step 4, the switch wiring seems odd. The center pin is +V so in one position pin 10 is +V (high). In the other position pin 10 is floating and +V is connected to G. This seems like a dangerous thing to do, creating a short. If pin 10 were in the center, then its value would change between +V and G which would make more sense.

There is also no mention of how this project is powered. I assume it is via the Micro-USB jack. I'd recommend mentioning that.
vrsolanki5 months ago
Just add PIR or Sonar or IR sensor so that if somebody is there then only it wings and do also show servo to wings connection in video... I mean complete construction video with any of this suggested changes.