The Brick Chronicles :: Lego® Feeder Machine

The Brick Chronicles feature unique creations made with Lego® bricks. Hopefully you, and the children in your life, will find them as inspiring as I do!

An almost complete real-life feeder. Made by R, age 9 (with a little help from Dad).

An almost complete real-life feeder. Made by R, age 9 (with a little help from Dad).

This week’s Lego® build is a pretty awe-inducing sight. My 9-year-old and his dad discovered the 3-D digital models posted by this man and were quite inspired as a result. As with many of the projects that happen in our house, usually once someone shows a little bit of interest, an adult will often offer a casual suggestion, observation or pose a question which usually propels a slow Saturday into a very active and creative one.

After watching the following 10-second video featuring the 3-D digital feeder, someone wondered if it could be made in person, perhaps with legos®?

The process began by intensely watching the video for inspiration and was followed by a sketched out design by Dad (to prevent the take over of Dad’s computer during the rest of the afternoon).

The 9-year-old wanted to build "from the picture in his head," but Dad insisted on a quick sketch.

The 9-year-old wanted to build “from the picture in his head,” but Dad insisted on a quick sketch.

Then, our eldest child was off and running. He grabbed a motor and battery pack from the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms set and began the tedious process of trying to bring his design to life.

Starter Design

Starter Design

After a long time of work and a pretty good design, Dad was called in to help make the final push to completion (and to focus on some of the “detail” work). Our young engineer isn’t quite concerned (yet) about how his project looks – just how it functions. He’s nine. He has some time to learn.

After coming out for a few consultations with Dad, he would happily return to his “tinkering” studio to continue work on his model. Regardless of his finished product, we were thrilled that he spent a few hours building and reshaping a design of his own – and more importantly, he was enthralled with the process too.