Pendulum Art Machine
Discover the science of swing — with a pendulum-powered art machine you build yourself! Swing the platform, release the pen, and watch amazing automatic art unfold before your eyes. Experiment with switching up the speed of your pendulum’s swing, adding weight to the platform, adjusting the positions of the ropes, and more — and make bold new geometric designs every time! Then learn how to transform your finished spiral art into a variety of giftable (or keepable!) creations — from greeting cards to shrink-plastic keychains. Ready to get into the swing of things?
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From the desk of the product designer:
Behind the design
“We wanted kids to have the best possible drawing experience, so we took our time picking the perfect art supplies for this crate. We ended up going with a glossy paper and gel pens to help minimize friction. This lets your machine run longer — so you end up with an even more intricate design.”
- KiwiCo Product Designer
By the numbers
Pendulum prototypes designed
Types of paper tested
Gel pen caps lost along the way
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