Welcome to Brian Law’s Leonardo Da Vinci Models, the site is devoted to the reconstruction
of some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most innovative mechanical designs, I say reconstruction
but there is no actual evidence that any of these designs were ever constructed in
Leonardo’s time, but the designs have been recorded in his journals have have been
preserved in the Codices held in libraries across Europe and America. One exception
to this is shown here http://benedante.blogspot.com/2011/06/leonardos-cannon.html
He was a brilliant man described as an Artist-Engineer and Inventor, his interests
were tremendously varied ranging from Medicine,Anatomy through to Geology, so the
area that this site concentrates on, is his mechanical designs that he proposed in
his journals and collected together under the Codex Atlanticus. This Codex contains
many fine examples of his inventive mind, the quality and detail contained in the
drawings helps those following his ideas to bring them to reality.
My approach to this is to analyse the designs presented in the Codex and look at
them in relation to the technology and devices that were around at the time, so
that we can see where Leonardo drew his ideas and his inspiration.
Each design will be displayed on the site as a series of rendered illustrations similar
to this one shown above, along with a couple of drawing sheets to illustrate how
the design could be built. If you want to try building the model for yourself I shall
offer a full set of scale plans as well as offering the CAD files in 3D and 2D formats.
I shall be starting with one of Leonardo’s war machines, it is a cannon designed
around 1482 and represents a typical design approach used by Leonardo to take elements
of current technology and then combine them in an innovative way to produce a new
and novel design.
The web site will grow as more designs are added over the coming months so do come
back again to see these new additions.
I hope you find your visit to the site rewarding and if you have any comments or
suggestions please contact me.
To read the PDF files you will need Adobe Acrobat reader so click on the image below
to install it on your computer.
The Odometer designed by Leonardo to measure journey distances.
Catapult, now available
This is the latest model to go onto the site, its the mechanical drum, and the 3D
model files are available for free for a limited period.