Commissioned by Faz Elektrik, a company that designs and manufactures specialist motors, British designer David Cranmer created the Duck Machine. He was asked to build something that would catch visitors’ attention during a trade show in Belgium.
The Arduino-powered mechanical sculpture features a programmable matrix of 49 “dancing” rubber ducks moving in patterns. The actuators have a square shaft that can rotate 180° before reaching a stop.
The mechanisms are constructed from polycarbonate and connected to the base of the yellow plastic ducks via 2mm fiberglass rods. To keep the mechanism as simple as possible, the flexible nature of the rod was used instead of an additional linkage. You can check out the Duck Machine in action in the video below: