Laser Cut Poseable Joint

This is the mkii version of a poseable joint made from laser cut ply. I’m hoping to make a poseable figure using dowel, pre-cut wooden balls and laser cut ply. In the original version I had planned to use one piece with a ball at each end connected to a another piece with the two holes at each end. I’d then alternate between piece types, ball-socket-ball etc, along the length of the body. I sketched out a couple of versions of a full body but there was no way of getting the ball pieces and socket pieces in the correct order.
Here’s my proposed solution. Each piece has both ball and socket, one at each end.balljoint-a02

Here’s the first draft, I’ve modified the shape slightly. It works well, the joints are flexible with a good range of movement and hold their position well.balljoint-a04

balljoint-a01Next step is to make up legs and body. Meanwhile, I’ve put together this stop-motion animation showing how the joints would work in a finished model.

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