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Sat 9th May 2015

What a delight! I received a letter. An honest to goodness paper based, snail mail letter.

The letter was from teacher Jenny Merrit from Queen Elizabeth School in Kirby Lonsdale. Earlier this year Jenny had been on my paper engineering course at Higham Hall where we made a variety of sea based pop up models. Jenny took some of these ideas into her Year 10 Graphics Products class and, using them as a starting point, the students designed their own pop ups.

They look absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sending through the picture Jenny.


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I'm in the process of setting up a studio corner in #TheShed so hopefully this will be the last time I'm using the dining room table for photography purposes. That will please #Truelove so no bad thing.


I'm trying out continuous lighting rather that the usual flash heads so that I can make a video showing how the model is put together as well as the regular still photographs.
Each of the three light heads has these five flourescent 80W tubes which are balanced to daylight. The light from them is really bright, I'll have to crack them out next time seasonal affective disorder sets in.

 


I've videoed myself making each stage of the model and then made another model to do the still photography. I'll be editing the video together next then writing out the instructions for the website.


The upshot of making film and video and having a prototype is that I now have a small pack of three guard dogs. I'd better start looking for a home for two of them before they start falling out with each other vicious beasts that they are.

Give a Guard Dog a Home

If you have the dog taming powers and the pack leader qualities to take on one of these cardboard canines please leave your name in the comments below. After a week or so I'll draw a couple of lucky names out of the hat of destiny then post out the dogs with my thanks and compliments. (This give-away is only for paid members of the site, thanks for signing up!)


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Sat 2nd May 2015

Here's a thought. A barking dog would look better than a nodding dog. With that in mind I have made some modifications to the nodding dog model that I made with the Eclips2 paper cutter


Here's the prototype. I've cut away the body and recessed the lower jaw into the slot. The lower jaw will remain stationary while the upper jaw moves up and down.


Here's the movement in action. Looks promising I think.

I'm planning on releasing the final as both a normal download-cut-out-and-make kit as well as an svg file for those of you with cnc paper cutters.


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Fri 1st May 2015

Friend of the website Michael42er has made a couple of Dog's Dinner models using a modified version of the original kit and using the poseable Frechie model from the Brother website.

Check out the YouTube video here. It's great! Thanks Michael!


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Thu 30th Apr 2015

The ever inventive Mr Cool was really quick of the mark releasing this video using the new Double Cam mechanism. He's taken a pair of paper monsters from Papertoy Monsters and fitted them to the double cam mechanism making this delightful model.

Thanks for sharing Mr Cool!


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Wed 29th Apr 2015

I received this video from AzRedShoe via my Facebook page, Having wrestled the html code into submission I have posted it here for all to see.

Mr Shoe has taken the new Double Cam box and added a Guard Dog from here and a chihuahua that he found for free on the internet then finished off the model with a set of googly eyes.

Looking good! Thanks for sharing it with us!

 

 

 

 

 


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Tue 28th Apr 2015

The lovely people at Sissix sent me an Eclips2 paper cutter to play with. I've had a couple of cnc paper cutters in the past but this is the first one that scores paper as well as cutting. My previous machines cut a perforated line for fold lines, this one has a special 'score' setting where the pressure on the blade is reduced.

The result is a beautifully sharp crease line. I've put together a sample model to try out the features of the machine.

I'll write a more detailed review at a later stage, in the meantime, check out this fine looking machine!


And this nodding dog model made using its awesome computer controlled powers.


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The Double Cam is a new Essential Mechanism for you to download and make. Use it as a pure mechanism or as the starting point for your own character based paper automata.

 


Turn the handle and the cams drive the push rods up and down. One cam has two lobes, the other three so the push rods are driven at different speeds adding interest to the movement.

Members can download the parts for free. Thanks for signing up!

Non-members can download the parts file for £2.50ukp.

Print out the parts onto thin card. (230gsm/67lb) I used coloured card for a colourful model. You can use white, coloured or patterned card as you wish.


Make up the two cam by folding the parts over and gluing them down making double thickness card.


Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.


Thread the cams onto the cam shaft and line them up with the grey lines. Make sure that the curves of the lobes are going in the same direction.


Roll up and glue down the axle tube.


Make up the handle in three steps.


Assemble the box sides as shown. The triangle tubes are right angled triangles.


Assemble the box top and base as shown.


Glue the box sides to the box top. Note that the circular axle holes are furthest away from the box top.


Fold round and glue in the base.


Assemble the two tube supports.


Turn the box over and glue in the tube supports onto the grey area.


Thread the two push rod tubes down through the tube supports and out through the box top.


Assemble the two push rods and glue on the push rod ends.


With the box inverted again, drop the two push rods down through the push rod tubes.


Fit the cam shaft into place in the box and push the axle into position.


Finish off the model by gluing the handle into place.


Perhaps you could use the double cam box as the starting point for a pair of barking dogs....

Or a galloping horse! Send pictures of what you design and I will be delighted to post them on the website.


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I've finished putting together the parts for a double cam project. This Essential Mechanisms project will be a interesting styarting point for further character based paper animations.

The photography is done and the parts sheets are laid out. Just the instructions to do. You can see the model in animated action on my Instagram account.


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Fri 24th Apr 2015

Friend of the website Mostafa sent me this picture of his version of the Butterfly model in front of the Esfahan-Sio Se Pol bridge in Iran.

The bridge looks amazing, and the butterfly is looking pretty good too. Thanks Mostafa!


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