Locking Gear Boxes

For a simple venture into do it yourself kinetic art, Cogbots currently offers kits to create several style of locking boxes.  The boxes use a slide lock mechanism that is  controlled by turning the gear on the top of the box to securely fasten the lid to the box body.

This little bit of motion is a practical venture for those just starting out.


Square locking boxes come in two sizes : one that fits standard  playing cards, collectible card games  such as magic, or other small treasures. This kit comes complete except for screws, and the entire body is made of wood.

A second box style uses the same locking mechanism, but allows the kit builder to use round PVC or cardboard tube at any length they wish, varying the height of the box for it’s intended design.  Round boxes have been used short for dice and hair clips and very tall for as arrow quivers.



A perfect winter project, you can finish the boxes in any way you desire, using paint, stain, metal leafing or other techniques.   Easy assembly instructions can be found on the Cogbots store website.

Fully assembled and finished kits make wonderful Valentine’s Day presents that can hold the treasures close to your heart. Unfinished kits make excellent gifts for the maker in your life.

Box kits ship easily anywhere in the US, email for quotes for international shipping.


Spring is a manual crank organic gear kinetic sculpture

Spring can be either wall mounted or kept as a table top interactive art piece.

Spring is currently on display at the 1 of One Gallery in Noblesville, IN and can be purchased there.



Support STEM in your favorite school

GearLab Jr ™ Kickstarter expands rewards to include STEM supporter levels for schools.

September 1, 2014 Kokomo, IN

In support of teachers and schools who are trying to grow STEM activities, the GearLab Jr ™ Kickstarter project expanded to include special “ships to schools” reward levels. Kickstarter backers now have the option to support their favorite teacher or school with one of three STEM reward levels. These special rewards deliver game sets directly to a school indicated by the backer.

GearLab Jr™ is a wooden gear puzzle game that provides math, science and art applications in the classroom. It comes out of the box with a set of challenges and a link to an online community of other game owners.

The GearLab Jr ™ Kickstarter project is trying to raise the $57,000 to cover materials for 650 game preorders and to expand dedicated equipment that will allow the games to be produced at a higher volume. Each game includes a game board and 30 gears, and  takes approximately 10 hours to cut.

GearLab Jr™ was recently a kids favorite at Makevention  in Bloomington, IN and will be at the Cogbots booth at the Ft. Wayne Regional Maker Faire Sept 13-14.  The Kickstarter is currently active at http://bit.ly/Gearlabjr.

–contact Nan Braun at nan@cogbots.com  for more information —


Makevention bound with Gear Lab, Jr.

The Cogbots crew will be at Makevention in Bloomington, IN on Saturday, Aug 30.  If  you like our stuff because you build, hack or improve things, a gathering of makers is something you will love.

We will have  gear lab with us – so the makers can all build kinetic art IMG_5608

We will also have Gear Lab’s new little brother with us so that you can check it and play in person before ordering from our currently running Kickstarter project:   http://bit.ly/Gearlabjr

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morning smiles

It was an early morning session of reviewing emails, plans and commissions in the cogbots offices today- and then from across the table I heard  “oh cool-  might want to build one of those.….” I love it when our customers send in ideas and plans asking for design assistance or parts consults and they send in something that gets the creative juices flying.  Smile inducing- keep them coming in folks!

GearLab 2.0

The original Gear Lab was a  2011 Kickstarter funded project that has  travelled the midwest for the last several years.  As our art and product offering has grown and wear and tear has taken it’s toll, it was time for a refresh.

Our amazing Engineering Lab gave the project a rethink and came up with an amazingly compact GearLab 2.0 that travels and stores small and assembles quickly into a functional Public Kinetic art installation without eating up so much of our booth space at any given event.

It also makes it easier/more convenient for events that want to book us in as a special feature.

Take a look and be amazed at the  assembly process- in under 6 minutes!!



Social Climber

Social Climber was a commission piece for a client in New York City.

A combination of wood gears, polished metal and linear pistons, this electric motor kinetic wall mounted sculpture expressed the pressure and repetitiveness of social climb for those who play the game.

1’x 4′