Laser Cut Mechanisms

Create mechanisms to use with the Hummingbird using a Laser Cutter.

Programming Language

Any language supported by Hummingbird Bit


Math, Science




These lessons emphasize the creation of mathematical models to represent physical objects, aligning them with the emphasis on mathematical modeling found in the Common Core math standards at the high school level. Individual lessons also address algebra and geometry standards; these standards are noted in the relevant lessons. In addition, all lessons incorporate the seven science and engineering practices that underly the Next Generation Science Standards.

A mechanism enables you to transform the rotation of a motor into another type of motion. In this series of lessons, you will use laser cut parts to explore mechanisms involving cranks, cams, and cables. PDF files are provided for each lesson. You will need to cut these files from cardboard using a laser cutter. The lessons will guide you through assembling these parts to make sturdy, modular mechanisms.

In each lesson, you will build a different mechanism and explore how you can use and modify it. Then you can customize each mechanism to create a Hummingbird robot! After you complete the lessons, try combining mechanisms to make even more unique robots!

A list of supplies is given in each lesson, but all require a hot glue, masking tape, and cardboard.