[Joe] works in one of those fancy offices that has some… unique furniture. Including a swinging boardroom table. See where we’re going with this? [Joe] made his own coffee cup gimbal.
The gimbal itself is made out of solid steel, welded together for maximum durability. He first built it out of plastic to test the concept, but then quickly moved to the all-metal solution. It’s a 2-axis gimbal featuring very powerful brushless DC motors, capable of balancing even a light-weight DSLR — however we think balancing a coffee cup is much more entertaining. It does this with ease, even when sitting on the treacherous swinging boardroom table (of DOOM).
It was made as one of his projects for an Artist in Residence (AIR) program made possible by a Instructables and Autodesk. We know that first “a-word” probably scared most of you off, but it’s actually a fascinating residency. They’ve put together the Pier 9 workshop, which has every tool and machine you can imagine. The program gives makers, designers, artists and engineers a chance to work with some of the latest technology to design and build projects, to share on Instructables. It actually sounds pretty awesome.
The primary goals of the residency program are to support the artist/maker community by connecting innovative and creative individuals with our unique set of tools and resources. We strive to build a community that shares their ideas and knowledge.
Oh yeah, and here’s the video of the Coffee Cup Gimbal in action: