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Mechanical Iris Still Shots by billybob884 Mechanical Iris Still Shots by billybob884
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For those of you coming to see this due to the recent daily deviation award, make sure to check out the animated version!

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This idea has been floating around in the back of my head for a while now, mostly due to the iris from Stargate SG1. I did a little research and found this amazing video of one controlling a garage, I knew I had to have one.

I did my best to model my own using AutoCAD (hooray for the "array" command!) and a good dose of experimentation with cardboard to test and re-test the parts (I would have included a few pictures of the demo for comparison, but with all the modifications I had to make, it was just plain ugly).

It's made entirely of paper with the exception of the wooden dowels for axes. It comes to 15" (38cm) wide X 19" (48cm) high X 1.5" (3.5cm) thick, while the middle aperture has a diameter of 5.75" (14.6cm). Additionally, all pieces are identical (and thus interchangeable).




Still Shots

Animated - Vanilla

Animated - Fun Time

Animated - Stargate [Hi-Res]

PDF of Pieces

PePaKuRa (PDO) Files

Mechanical Iris Guide

Wall-Mounted










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Have you built this or one of my other models? Feel free to let me know how hard you thought they were!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-08
"It isn't every day you see a papercraft project that goes beyond merely looking impressive. This is functionally impressive too! Not to mention the care and precision with which the project was constructed." Mechanical Iris Still Shots by ~billybob884 ( Suggested by sleoj and Featured by KubusRubus )
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Dugway-Kid Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
that looks complex so glad it all worked out
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:iconbubs-aka-vermin:
bubs-AKA-vermin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
PUUUURRRDEEEH :drool:
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:icontreyos:
Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's some impressive engineering for paper! Nice design!
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
:D thanks!
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:iconaetherium-aeon:
Aetherium-Aeon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:/ i wanna make this out of all wood, and bigger XD like bedroom door size lol
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
:D ignoring the fact that it'd be way too wide, you'd have to cut into the floor and ceiling with this design... it'd still be bad-ass though
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:iconaetherium-aeon:
Aetherium-Aeon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD nah id just design my house to have it already >w> only tricky part will the the gears to get the handle in a different spot lol
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
make it motorized
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:iconaetherium-aeon:
Aetherium-Aeon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD but then i gotta learn electrician stuff so i can hit a button lol
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XIIIshades-of-grey Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
This is amazing! This is definitely going on my list of projects!
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:iconhugomzo:
HuGoMzO Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Oh, wow. Amazing job. Really.
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APERTURE SCIENCE LABS o.o
Sorry. Portal 1 & 2 freak here.
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:iconrosalieminnie:
RosalieMinnie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
who says TV kills brain cells? i actually thought of the matrix 'search and destroy' droids first.
I am jealous, of your skill
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:iconecfield:
ecfield Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work there! I've been working on some cardstock models, but nothing as precise and functional as this. That you very much for sharing!
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
i actually only used regular copy paper (20lbs 75gsm) for this; cardstock would probably have been too heavy duty... but thanks all the same ;)
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:iconarthurch:
ArthurCh Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
breathtaking; I totally jawdropped
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:iconorugosa:
orugosa Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
AWESOME XD
<3333333333333
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Grimaldo-J Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT IS SOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!
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:iconnc018:
nc018 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
OMG pro-ness! gj gj :dummy:
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
:D
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:iconnomad55:
Nomad55 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome wow
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SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work! It's funtional art!
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:iconfauxboy:
FauxBoy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Artist
seriously awesome! i've been wanting to build something like this for awhile!
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:iconsonylisation:
Sonylisation Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pure engineering beauty!
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:iconcocobunnie:
cocobunnie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Filmographer
ah, autocad~ i miss using it~ <3
BUT THIS IS REALLY AMAZING!

really!
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:iconbluelobster1979:
BlueLobster1979 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
That's absolutely incredible! I'm very impressed!
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:iconwagnr:
Wagnr Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great
Like L'Institut du Monde Arabe mecanism .. wonderful
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MishraFathom Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
at first i was like oh thats cool and all.... then i saw its made of paper and was impressed just to try make something like that with trial and error out of paper would break my mind. thanks for sharing the model sheets with us:D i will try me it in my spare time :D looks fun ;)
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
good luck!
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:icongaluss:
GaluSs Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
This is simply amazing 0___0
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:iconpiratelotus-stock:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Wow, this is so freakin awesome!!
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:iconwhynormal:
whynormal Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
10+
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:iconprojectendo:
ProjectENDO Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Filmographer
THIS.
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:iconprosaix:
prosaix Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Congrats for the DD, that's absolutely amazing! :excited:
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
thanks!
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Gaboris Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Funny thing that I found this lil mechanism of yours. I'm interested in these Irises cuz of a project of mine, but so far I couldn't go into the mechanical details. How much do you know about those things?

For example if we double the number of those "central moving things" can we make the sides of it half as thick and with less individual moving parts like those "mover arms"?

If I shouldn't ask you such questions just like that tell me and then I'm sorry. :)

Awesome job BTW so keep it up and make more DD-s. ;)
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Mmm, well to be honest I designed this mostly by trial and error using a whole mess of cardboard to test it, so you'd be on your own in modifying it.

Each blade needs it's own arm to push and pull it, so doubling the number of blades would double the number of arms, there's no way to avoid that with this design.
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Gaboris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Ah okay I get it. Nice job done with it then. :)

I know the blades need them to move, but if you look at it it always does the same motion and goes along the same path and you can replace the arms with a full layer that has those paths engraved, but I'm only saying what I thought before so it can make sense. I also saw a few vids on this very design... although it doesn't look as cool as yours like that. :)
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
oh, yes you could do it like that, but it kind of hides all the moving parts so it's not as aesthetically pleasing
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Gaboris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Yeah that's why I said it wouldn't look so nice, but it would be more "jam proof". :D
Anyways thx for the reply. I hope I'll be able to math out the thinner version. :)
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:iconferrary33:
Ferrary33 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Now make a stargate iris and install it as your front door. That would be E.P.I.C.
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MaulerMech Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I'd recommend using NX as a program for creating things like that. It allows for checking the movement of parts, assembling them and so on. And it's much easier to model a part in NX than in AutoCAD. :)
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Mmm never head of it. I actually got into cad because I took a bunch of drafting classes in highschool, but i'll look into it
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:iconmaulermech:
MaulerMech Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
CAD is good for making a technical drawing, but it's crude and somewhat unintuitive in 3D modelling. NX is a very good program for designing parts and mechanisms. Also, Autodesk Inventor. :)
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neko-mreow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is pure amazement. Congrats on the DD
Did you use ordinary paper or paper with a higher density?
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:iconbillybob884:
billybob884 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Thanks! Nope, this is all regular copy paper (20lbs, 75gsm)
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:iconkylierussell666:
KylieRussell666 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure genius!!!
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BanderbearDesign Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh My God. That is all
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:iconpkmncreator:
pkmncreator Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
epicnes, i like the animation
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:iconanjamillen:
AnjaMillen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow!
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:iconpoetic-aesthetic:
Poetic-Aesthetic Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is just so clever it makes my brain hurt thinking about how you engineered it! :D
Well deserved DD.
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