As anybody who has them is aware, the high pigment content of vallejo paints will separate if you even walk out of the room, and after a few weeks of sitting on their side, you will end up with something like this:
I started getting very tired of shaking paints by hand and thought... hmmm I wonder how machines could do this for me. Then it hit me, I could use $250 worth of lego mindstorms NXT robotics kit to shake my paints, saving me a few moments and minor effort. Hurray!
After a few test versions, the device looked like this:
And vallejo paints can be loaded in as follows:
But how does it work? Simple engineering, converting a rotating motion into a push/pull motion:
And the conclusion of my efforts? The small unmixed patch on the paint pot seems to be stained permanently - the actual paint was mixed to a perfect consistency inside.
Some searching on youtube reveals I am not the first person to have this idea. Check out the following videos of other zany paint mixers for vallejo and citadel paints...
A tower style mixer:
A mixer like mine but better (I didnt have enough parts to do it to this level though, and $250 is enough for mixing paint!):