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Automat Construction Sets

Automat was a a constructional system aimed at Technical Education. It produced specialist technical manuals for education to go with the sets. It was made in Switzerland in the early 1960s

Manufacturer / Distributor

Initially: Automat Precision Engineering Ltd., Limmatqual 120, Zurich 1, Switzerland
From 1965: Automat Service international, D 6095 Schriesheim, Germany
By 1978: Compact Technik GmbH, Branichstrasse 8, D 6095 Schriesheim, Germany

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for AUTOMAT [a]

System Type
Professional type and Mainly Rods/Tubes()
Switzerland (see comment *1)
1958 to mid 1960s
Steel / Plastic
M3.5 (see comment *2)
Boss Type
Boss Thread
M3.5 (see comment *3)
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
34 (see comment *4)
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
12.7 (multiples of value shown, including half.)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
4.0 (see comment *5)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Brass with a Nickel plated finish
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Data for 1961. *1Germany up to '65. *2 also M5,M8. *3 also M2.6 M5. *4 Mod .75. *5 also 2.5.

The MCS document for this system is shown below. It can also be downloaded to your computer if desired here

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Below there are manuals/leafets which can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate image.

The Automat Group 1 manual - Kurbeltriebe (Crank Drives)

The Automat Group 2 manual - Radtriebe (Wheel Drives)

The Automat Group 3 manual - Kurbeltriebe (Cam Gear)

The Automat Group 4 manual - Sperrtriebe und Schaltwerke (Lock Drives and Switch Gears)

The Automat Group 7 manual - Maschinen-Elemente (Machine Elements)

The Automat Group 8 manual - Physikalische Grundlagen (Physical Basics)

The Automat Group 9 manual - Bewegungslehre (Kinetics)

The Automat Parts List (in English)