Cardboard Engineering Source Book

Fri, 20 Mar 2009

“a huge boost to mechanisms work in schools”

Times Educational Supplement.

A 55 page ebook aimed at people who teach and people who want to learn!

The book centres around ten extendable cardboard engineering projects which introduce many mechanisms, from simple cams to crank sliders and swash plate.

Ten Projects

* Single Cam
* Rocking Platform
* Multi Cam
* Crank Slider
* Double Crank Slider
* Single Twister (shown above)
* Double Twister
* Swash Plate

* Snap Up Cube
* Snap Up Octohedron

Each project comprises fully illustrated clear instructions, printable pages of all the parts needed to make a complete animated model and a page of ideas to extend the project. Simply print the pages onto thin card and away you go!
As well as the ten projects  the book also includes the following sections 
• the mathematics of mechanisms
• tips for construction
• alternative parts to extend the models
• web links
• glossary of terms
• detailed lessons plans

The price of £19.95 includes a licence for the purchaser to make unlimited copies of the model parts for their own use.

Ten projects, endless possibilities!

The printed version of this book is available on sister site

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Comments (5)

  • jackz November 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Good advice for people who

    Good advice for people who have downloaded this: Print the whole Book on normal paper then photocopy the project pages so you can make them over and over again!

    Good advice! – RI

    • JohnW March 26, 2017 at 4:58 am

      I keep this e-book on my iPad

      I keep this e-book on my iPad Pro and print the patterns as I need them.  I love this book and especially the illustrations. 


  • JohnW March 26, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I often forget about this e

    I often forget about this e-book when talking to people new to paper automata. You can’t get any simpler models to work on than the models in contained in the beginning of this book. As you progress through the patterns an learn new mechanisms, you be more confident when it comes to Rob’s more advanced models. Honestly, you’re going to enjoy this book. Soon, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a proficient cardboard engineer.  I refer back to this book from time to time to get ideas for making my own models.  I do not know why this e-book is not being sold in the Amazon Kindle, Apple iBook, Barnes and Noble Nook book stores. It deserves to be out there as standard bearer for would be cardboard engineers everywhere.

    • JohnW March 26, 2017 at 4:54 am

      Sorry, I wrote this when I

      Sorry, I wrote this when I was on pain medication and muscle relaxers. I should of proofread it before saving it.

  • robives March 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for the tips John 🙂

    Thanks for the tips John 🙂

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