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Thu 21st Nov 2013

Michael42er has created and entire herd of paper elephants using some of the patterned paper from this site. Check out the video below to see them in action. Nice work Michael!

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* Thanks to everyone who offered a home. The Polka-dot Flexiphant is going to live with emailer maxlrainer. Look out for another giveaway soon! *

This unique polka-dot flexi-phant is looking for a home. Can you help? If you think you could provide a good place for her to live and you are a paid member, leave a comment below or drop me an email. At the end of next week I'll draw a name from the hat and post the flexiphant to her new home. Thanks for your help!

Polka-Dot Elephant is based on the original Flexiphant model with her own special colour scheme. I'll sign the model before posting and will ship it for free to whereever the winner lives


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Sun 13th Oct 2013

Check out these two new videos, both based on the Flex-trunk Elephant. Website regular, Mr Cool has made this flying elephant project by combining the Elephant with the Leaping Goat project, a free download from the Canon website. Nice work Scott!


Meanwhile, Michael42er has made this impressive modification to the elephant model allowing the trunk to operate by rocking the elephant back and forth. Fantastic!


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Download and make the fabulous Flex-Trunk Elephant! Print out the parts pages on your own printer and follow the instructions below to make the model. Pull the tail and the trunk lifts up. Fun!

 

The Flex-Trunk elephant should be printed onto three sheets of thin card (230 micron/67lb.) Note that the final sheet is printed on both side. Print out the front, flip the card over and return it to the printer before printing the back. Once the ink is completely dry, score along all the dotted and dashed lines before carefully cutting out all the parts.


Roll up and glue all four legs. Notice that the toes are matched pairs. Glue together each pair of legs making sure that they are lined up accurately.


Glue the trunk holder to the back of the head so that it is between the two small black lines.


Roll over the flap in the hole in the back of the head and glue it down.


Glue together the head as shown.


Glue one of the long body tabs to the back of the head so that it lines up with the edge and bottom of the head as shown.


Roll round the body and glue down the remaining body tabs.


Fold up and glue together the tail slide.


Glue the tail slide to the inside back of the body. line it up between the two small black dots on the outside of the body.


Glue the centre tab of the back to the end of the tail slide.


Fit the back of the elephant into place.


Glue together the four sections of the trunk as shown. Make sure that they are in the same order as they appear on the page.


Starting at one end of the trunk, roll round and make each trunk section. Starting with the tab with the grey end, roll it round and glue it down to the grey area on the opposite side lining it up with the small black arrow heads.


Roll the other side round and glue it down lining the grey line with the diagonal centre piece as shown.


Work your way down the trunk, gluing each section in the same way...


...until the trunk is complete.


Glue together the three sections of tendon/tail with the shortest section in the middle. Thread the square end right the way through one side of the trunk and glue it to the inside surface of the very last section of the trunk.


Thread the tail all the way through the trunk holder, the hole in the back of the head and out through the tail slide.


Glue on the ears and tusks as shown.


Complete the model by gluing the legs into the body.


Pull the tail to raise the trunk!


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Sat 5th Oct 2013

I've made a few changes to the elephant parts and laid the corrected parts out. Printed out and ready for assembly in the morning.


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All the parts laid out and put together for the flex-trunk elephant.


Pull the tail and the trunk raises.


Small slot at the back through which the tail runs.


In the view from the underside you can see where the tail runs through the body and connects to the trunk tendon.

Here's a Vine animation of the assembled prototype. Standing, as it happens, on my copy of Origin of Species.

Colour next. I'm going with pink. Darwin would be proud.


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I'm starting with a revised elephant trunk profile which I want to transform into a flexible, tendon driven, trunk as per previous posts.


I used the frustrum generator for the previous post to calculate the curve of each of the sections of the trunk.


Here is the whole thing printed out and assembled


Pull the tendon to flex the trunk.

Looking good, though I say so myself!


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Thu 26th Sep 2013

I knew this mechanism would be useful. First the snake by Mr Cool, now an elephant trunk. Whatever next!

This is a rough prototype - a sort of proof of concept elephant head. Pull the tendon and the trunk raises. RumpetaRumpeta!


Perhaps a fairly simple elephant. Pull the tail to raise the truck. I think that would be a charming little project.


I'll need to have a look at starting the trunk wider and tapering it, perhaps making each section a truncated cone. (For all you geometry geeks out there, the proper mathematical name for a truncated cone is a frustrum

Plan: finish off robot, make elephant, drink coffee.


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A pop up Elephant to make for your Valentine. Fold the elephant flat and slip it into a greeting card. When the card is opened the elephant pops out to the delight for your #truelove.

Members can download the pattern for free at the usual place, non members can download the parts for £2.50


The project comes in three colour schemes and a mono version. Print out the parts of the version you choose onto thin card. (230 micron / 67lb) Note that the last page of the colour projects is coloured on both sides. Print out one side, flip the card over, return it to the printer and print out the back.

Score all the dotted and dashed lines then cut out the holes. Exercise the creases to ensure they fold easily.


Glue the grey areas of the head and body together lining them up as accurately as possible.


Fold the head and body round, glue the hooked tabs face to face to make double thickness card.


Glue together the sides that are opposite the hooked tabs. This will hold the box in shape but still allow you to access the hooked tabs to fit the elastic band in the next step.


Select a long thin elastic band.

Hook one end over the smaller hooked tab, thread it through the hole in the box and hook it onto the other tab.


Close the other sides by gluing them together.


The tusks are double thickness card. Make them by folding the card in half and gluing it together then carefully cutting out the pieces.

Glue on the tusks as shown so that their edge lines up with the diagonal edge of the side piece.

Glue the ear tab in place so that it is vertical and central.


Glue the face to the front of the box.


Glue the legs to the side of the box. Make sure that the toe nails are to the front of the foot.


Finish off the model by gluing the heart to the trunk as shown.


That's it! Fold the model flat, slip it into a Valentine card and send it to your one true love.


Make yourself a herd!


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I thought that the popup elephant I made the other day would make a nice Valentine project - I hope that #truelove agrees!

Looking at the original I thought it might be better with a head not made from a cube but slightly shortened front to back. After a little experimentation I came up with this prototype.


Which then developed into this project.


And it still squashes down nicely ready to pop up!

Do you like the bokeh in the first picture? 35mm f/1.8 lens - looking good!


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