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A Poseable Dog to download, print-out ad make. This delightful canine has movable legs, head and tail, the perfect desktop companion who never needs you to take him for a walk!

The parts file is available for members to download for free at the link. Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.

Print out the parts sheet onto thin card (230gsm / 67lb). Score along the dotted and dashed lines and cut out the holes before carefully cutting out the pieces.

 

 


The tail, legs and paws are all made from double thickness card. Fold over the pieces and glue them down. Make sure that the small tabs on the legs are lifted up and not glued.

 


Once the glue is dry carefully cut out the pieces.

 


Thread the tabbed tail piece through the hole in the tail and fold the tabs flat on the other side.

Glue the cover to the tabs on the other side of the tail. Make sure you don't get any glue on the tail itself, these circular pieces must be free to turn inside the tail hole.

 


Glue the second tail cover into place on the back of the tail then glue the two creased pieces to the two covers so that they are lined up with each other.

 


Assemble the body as shown.

 


Thread the tail out of the body from the inside then glue the two semi-circular tabs to the inside of the body so that the top of the circle lines up with the crease line in the body.

 


Glue the wide paws to the front legs...

 


...and the narrow paws to the rear legs.

 


Glue the neck into place in the body, use the grey areas for alignment.

 


Thread the leg tabs into place through the holes in the body and fix them into place with a couple of small dots of glue on the tabs glued to the 'L' cover circles. The legs should be free to move.

 


Fit the rest of the legs in the same way.

 


Fit the head covers into place as shown.

 


Glue the body front into position.

 


Assemble the head.

 


Glue the head to the head cover circles. The head should be free to nod up and down once the glue is dry.

 


Glue on the eyes.

 


Laminate the two layers of the ears together curving them into shape before the glue dries.

Once the glue is dry cut out the ears.

 


Glue the two ears to the head as shown.

 


Once the glue is dry your new best friend is complete! Woof!


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Thank you to everyone who attended my paper engineering courses at Higham Hall yesterday and today. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Below are a few photographs from the two days. See what you missed !?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Sun 1st Feb 2015

Stephanie B. a teacher from the US sent me this picture of the paper globes her class of 10-12 year olds have been making. Thanks Stephanie, they look fantastic! Send your class my congratulations.

I love to see the fruits of your labours, if you have pictures of your paper models do please send them in !


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Sat 31st Jan 2015

This might be Michael42er's best mash-up to date! What a fantastic way to start the new year. Michael has taken the T-Rex model and made it into a slope-walking - skiing T.Rex model.

The end result? Fantastic!


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I've finished the parts and assembly pictures for this charming poseable paper dog. It will be available as a download shortly. It features moveable legs, as well as poseable head and tail

I'm running a course on paper enineering and pop ups at Higham Hall this coming Sunday and Monday, I think I might take it along as a little something extra for the students to try!


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Wed 28th Jan 2015

I've all but finalised the linkage on my paper dog project. As well as moving the legs up and down the dogs head moves back and forth. All the parts are connected together using simple strips of paper which seem to be quite effective. You can see the dog mechanism in animated action in this Instagram clip.

Animated paper dog prototype. #papertoy #papercraft #automata

A video posted by Rob Ives (@robivescom) on


I need to make a couple of small adjustments to the geometry of the movement then it is just a case of fitting the dog to the gearbox mechanism. Woof!


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Sat 24th Jan 2015

I've been working on an animated dog automata today. I've based the main mechanism on a slightly modified version of the mesh gear essential mechanism from here (I'll release the updated mechanism shortly) The geared down drive gives the dog a nice slow motion feel as he runs.


In this version of the model the head and neck are connected up with the box top so that they pull back and forth, up and down, as the dog runs. The legs are currently just glued into place to see how they look, in the next version I'll connect them up as well so that they move with the dogs movement.


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This project is for a two stage reduction gear with a crank output. The mechanism is fitted into an almost square topped box with the output crank close to the centre of the box top. The gear reduction is close to 4.5 : 1

Make the model as an exercise in pure mechanism or as the starting point for your own character based animated paper models.

Click the picture for a short animation

Members can download the parts for free at the link, thanks for signing up! Non-members can join in the fun for £2.50.

Print out the parts onto thin card. (230gsm/67lb are ideal weights) Use coloured card if you can to make a model colourful model.

Score along the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes before carefully ad accurately cutting out the pieces.


Roll up and glue down the various tubes. Line up the ends with the points of the arrows as shown.


Make up the four gears from double thickness card cutting them out once the glue is dry.


Fit the short square axle with the four tabs into the large gear without the glue markings.

Fit the 9mm diameter tube into the axle tube lining it up with the top of the square tube.


Fit the small gear into place lining it up with the grey line.


Assemble the two crank pieces as shown.


Make up the push rod ends from double thickness card. Once the glue is dry carefully cut them out.


Thread the centre pin through the two push rod ends and glue them to the push rod.


Fit the longer of the two crank pieces to the second large gear with the arrowed end threaded through the square hole.


Assemble the rest of the crank/gear assembly as shown.


Fold up the box base. Fit the box base inner into place.


Fit the 7mm axle tube into place.


Thread the gear assembly into place. The gear should turn freely. No glue here!


Fold up and glue the two sides as shown.


Fit the sides to the base between the alignment arrows as shown.


Fit the two cross pieces into position as shown. Notice where the circular holes are facing.


Fold up and glue the sides and cross pieces.


Fold up and glue the two top pieces joining them together into one piece as shown.


Fit the crank assembly into place.


Fit the top into place threading it down over the push rod and gluing it into place on the box.


Make up the small gear as shown,


Fit the small gear into the hole on the cross piece. Glue the cover piece into place.

Glue the remaining corner piece into place on the other side of the box. (Not visible on this picture.)


Assemble the handle in three steps.


Complete the model by gluing the handle into place.


Step back and admire your work.

You can stop here and be pleased with this rather delightful paper mechanism or you can use it as a starting point for your own character based paper automata. Well done, I hope you had fun!


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Tue 20th Jan 2015

I've just been checking my YouTube account stats, like ya do...

It turns out I have 922 subscribers and a total of 616686 views.

If you've been missing out you can see my 87 videos here. While you are there, you can subscribe so that you never miss a new release! What are you waiting for?


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Friend of the website Mr Cool has been at it again! This time he has taken the intermittent rotation mechanism and made it into this delightful Lady Bug Automaton.

He has used two made up mechanisms each with a lady bug attached (we call them ladbirds in the UK ) The mechanisms are out of phase with each other by 180°

This means that the lady bugs move in sequence one after the other. A proper Lady Bug Dance!


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