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Fri 29th Aug 2014

I received an email from the nice lady at Wiley publishing this afternoon. My book Paper Engineering & Pop-ups for Dummies is being translated into Persian! That's the second translation for this book to add to the Bulgarian version which is in the process of being done.

Once the translations are printed I'll receive author's copies which I'll be sure to blog about. Meanwhile I had a quick go with Google Translate. Google didn't like the word 'dummies' so I replaced it with 'beginners' apart form that small change the image on the right shows the book title first in Persian then in Bulgarian.

Both books should look really exotic!


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Thu 28th Aug 2014

Back to work - it's great to be back!

I'm starting by completing a couple of open project, first, the Hippo that I was working on just before the family hols. I've put together a working prototype pictured here.


The box houses a couple of gears. The small gear is driven by a handle on the far side of the box. The larger gear runs at about a third the rotational speed of the small gear and is used to open and close the mouth.


Viewed from the other side of the box, the three lobed cam moves the small bird back and forth. The right hand cam lifts the mouth open slowly then does a couple of small lifts. Nom, nom nom.


The end result; turn the handle, the little bird moves quickly back and forth and the hippo sleepily opens and closes its mouth.

Looking good so far!



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Mon 25th Aug 2014

I'm back after our family holiday to France. We had a great time thanks :-)

Before we left I'd done a bit of work for Brother International and was checking online to see if it has gone live yet. It hadn't but I did find this:

 

Brother International have a series of videos on their Creative Center YouTube page introduced by my poseable paper robot model and featuring, among others, many of the projects that I've done for them. They looks great, it is fantastic to see some of my projects professionally animated!

You can see the videos here, there are a few so have a good look round!

 

 

Keep checking back here, I'll let you know when the new Brother Int. projects go live.


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Thu 7th Aug 2014

 

Get your orders in quick!

I'll be away in France from 12th August to 22nd so if you need anything urgently from the Flying Pig shop you need to get your orders in in the next do or two.

Being web-based, robives.com will be open for business as usual, though I won't be posting any new models in that time.

See you all again at the other end of August.


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Sat 2nd Aug 2014

As a standard member of robives.com you have access to the last twelve months of my archives to download for free. Previous models are half price for members.

Here are just a few of the models available to standard members to download and make for free.

Cow Jump Agreeable Sheep
Disagreeing Dog Love Boat

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Higham Hall is a residential college offering study breaks in the heart of the English Lake District. I'm delighted to say that I'm runnng two day courses there early next year. The courses are on consecutive days and there is the possibility of accomodation in case you want to attend both!

From the catalogue:



PAPER MODELS: POP-UP MECHANISMS

10am to 5pm Sun 1st Feb 2015

For anyone interested in what paper can do. Don’t be deceived, it is possible to make sophisticated mechanisms using just paper and glue which can be used for all manner of craft work. Bring scissors, a sharp knife and enjoy! Check robives.com to see what it’s all about.

Some accommodation may be available if you want to stay over.

Rob Ives (author of Paper Engineering for Dummies)

£50 including lunch, refreshments & materials




PAPER MODELS: AMAZING ANIMALS!

10am to 5pm Mon 2 Feb 2015

For anyone interested in what paper can do. Don’t be deceived, it is possible to make sophisticated mechanisms using just paper and glue which can be used for all manner of craft work. Bring scissors, a sharp knife and enjoy! Check robives.com to see what it’s all about.

Some accommodation may be available if you want to stay over.

Book now as spaces are limited! I look forward to seeing you there!


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Add to Cart to download this kit for free !
Download Watermelon

A mouth-watering paper treat for everyone to download for free!

Download at the link then print out the single page onto thin card,

Score along the dotted line and cut out the two parts. Glue the two parts together a few tabs at a time letting the glue dry as you go.


Make a couple for your friends!


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Totally Glueless - Cardboard Machines Without Glue!

I just pledged to Geoff Rayner's Kickstarter project.

He has two fanstastic, steam-punky style paper automata kits and is looking for backers to make them into a reality. Check out the page to see them in fantastic animated action then go pledge! He has a way to go to reach his target but does have twenty days left. Fingers crossed because they do look great! Visit the page here

 

Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur automaton

I've been a fan of Dug North's work for a while now. He makes beautiful limited edition wood and brass automata and runs the Automata blog where he showcases automata from around the web.

Recently Dug has put one of his most amazing, most complex automata for sale. Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur features all kinds of intruiging mechanism interlocking in the most ingenious ways. Check out his website to see it in action. This is a unique opportuinity to buy something truly original!


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£2.50
Download Cow Jump
Become a Member for free access to this and other files on the site.
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Turn the handle on this paper automata and the cow jumps up and down in a completely improbable fashion!

The model uses a scotch yoke mechanism to drive the cow up and down and a simple linkage to make the legs move.

Members can of course download the parts for free, thanks for signing up! Non-members can download the parts for £2.50

 


Print out the three parts sheets onto thin card. (230 micron, 67lb)

Score along the dotted and dashed lines, cut out the holes then carefully cut out the parts.


Assemble the head and glue on the horns.


Glue the tab on the top of the neck to the inside top of the head.


Fit the neck into the body using the grey areas for alignment.


Fit the two body inners into place lining up the bottom edges with the bottom edge of the body.


Fit the leg inners front and back.


Glue the leg push rods to the leg inners lining up the end with the end of the legs (arrowed)


Make up the four legs by folding over card to make double thickness. Once the glue is dry, carefully cut them out.


Glue the legs to the leg inners. Make sure that you don't get glue on the body, they should be free to move up and down.


Fit the main push rod into the body between the two leg push rods.


Fit the push rod slider tube to the box top the fit the box top stiffeners to the underside of the box.


Make up the two crank parts as shown.


Roll up and glue the three pins lining up the edges with the arrows.


Assemble the yoke. Glue the two slider tubes into place.


Assemble the crank inplace in the yoke. The long pin is in the centre.


Make the handle in three steps.


Thread the main push rod down through the slider tube in the box lid.

Glue the yoke to the end of the push rod so that it is lined up front to back with the cow and the tabs on the box lid are to the sides.


Glue the two box sides to the box lid as shown.


Fold the box side down and glue them together.


Thread the two pillars into the yoke slider tubes. Glue them into place top and bottom.


Finish off the model by gluing the leg linkages to the front and back of the slider tube and gluing on the handle!


Turn the handle and watch the cow jump up and down. Check out the Instagram animation here.


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Fri 25th Jul 2014

Paper cow...


With added colour...


And added scotch yoke mechanism. Coming very soon!


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