As The platform lift has a complicated action, I have constructed a wooden prototype, which I can  can adjust it to get a good, smooth movments.

The measurements from this prototype will be used in the finished piece,and in the long run, will save me time and help me achieve a nice movment.

The adventage of prototyping when making automata is that it enables me to work in a quick, intuitive and messy way, without having to worry about final look of the piece, I can just concentrate ont gretting an interesting movment.