Post 8: Design Preview Report


In this report, I embark on a journey of artistic exploration, delving into the realm of Abstract Art and surrealism intertwined with the intriguing concept of pseudo perpetual machines. Drawing inspiration from a diverse tapestry of experiences, ranging from childhood visits to art exhibitions to recent encounters with mesmerizing structures at the MIT Museum in Boston, I endeavor to merge artistry with engineering in a bold and unconventional manner. This endeavor represents a departure from my comfort zone, as I navigate the complexities of crafting pseudo perpetual machines while staying true to the ethos of Abstract Art and surrealism.

Throughout this report, I aim to document my creative process, from conception to realization, as I strive to breathe life into my vision. Embracing the challenge of integrating art and technology, I seek to uncover the inherent beauty in the synthesis of these seemingly disparate disciplines. By sharing my insights, discoveries, and reflections, I hope to inspire others to embrace experimentation and push the boundaries of artistic expression and innovation. Also, I will talk about the specifics of the artifact as well as timeline considered and fabrication process in detail.


My vision for the artifact is to create a moving pseudo perpetual metallic machine/ model , powered by hand rotation, that looks visually sound and gives a sense of absurd motion looking at it.


The initial material decided for this project are thick metallic wires , chain , wooden plank and other metallic elements.

An option of 3D printing parts through CAD modeling is also being considered, depending upon the complexity of fabrication.


The main moving component is using the spinning reel handles like in fishing rods which will be connected to chains and power other interconnected parts. Still the idea of it is pretty vague and will come to a certain conclusion at final design selected to fabricate.

There can be many iterations to the rotational design idea that will power my artifact like just adding a spin wheel , yet it remains to be physically powered.


In order to keep myself on track of this course, I’ve devised a timeline outlining incremental goals leading up to the project’s deadline. While this schedule isn’t intended to be inflexible, it serves as a helpful roadmap for ensuring I remain on track and allowing leeway for any unforeseen challenges that may arise during the course of this significant undertaking. By establishing these checkpoints, I aim to maintain momentum and effectively manage my time as I navigate through the complexities of this project.

Relevant Skills required:

1. Sketching
2. ⁠CAD Modeling
3. ⁠Machining

Fabrication Process:

As mentioned earlier as this depends on the final design selected.

There are two main types of fabrication process that I will use:

A. Metal bending –
I plan to use this in association with college machine shops and other facilities to carve and shape heavy and tough pieces of metal profiles that I include in my design.

B. 3D Printing –
This will be used for complicated parts in the design, which will include CAD modeling, slicing and material selection for the printed filament to match with over all design.

After fabrication of all the parts needed, I would plan to assemble it and document it for further posts.

Moving Forward:

Now on having decided the upcoming dates and schedule for the tasks, we can move ahead on re-iterating a practical design and as well as procuring relevant parts in the process. It’s going to be an ambitious project I have ever taken and hope to have fun in the process as well as keep on sharing the progress in the upcoming posts!




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  • Hi Aryan I really enjoyed your post! Your project is intriguing, blending elements of abstract art, surrealism, and engineering into one. The concept of crafting a moving pseudo perpetual metallic machine/model, driven by manual rotation to evoke odd motion, is fascinating. I’m impressed by your ambition to seamlessly merge artistic expression with technical functionality. Given the intricate nature, what specific challenges do you foresee during the fabrication process, particularly in achieving the delicate balance between aesthetic appeal and operational efficiency? I eagerly anticipate witnessing the evolution of your creative vision!


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