Cardboard Engineering Source Book

Tue, 9 Feb 2010

“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 (7)

  • najmanjay January 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    availability in US

    I am a new teacher living in the US. Unlike in the UK, we do not have a formal curriculum that incorporates automata, or any kind of paper engineering.  I seek to create a curriculum for middle school children that would teach these concepts and be loads of fund at the same time.  Is there a way I can get your paper engineering book here in the US?  Also, do you have anyone serving as your distributor in the US? If not, I would be interested in "spreading the faith" about your work. I would also like to learn from you, and share my ideas with you, to the extent that you wish to use any of them.  

    Warm Regards,


    • robives January 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Jay, the book is available

      Hi Jay, the book is available to download from this page, it'll work from anywhere in the world. PayPal takes care of the currency conversion for you. If you want the printed version you can get from the flying pig site here.

      • mwei2cre8 May 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm

        Membership Plus downloading?

        Love your website.  Inspired to join at Plus level.

        Not easily allowing me to download material without it showing a price in my basket.

        The SourceBook was of great interest and why I upgraded.

        Instructions on how to access material at the Plus level without additional charge?


        I’ve sent and email to you hopefully sorting it out. As membership + you can download the file for free, any difficulties let me know – RI

        • umehta June 1, 2015 at 6:33 am

          Cardboard engineering sourcebook

          Easiest way to get cardboard engineering sourcebook is to order RI Complete DVD/CD.

          It's an execllent source of ready to serve lessons for a school classroom. Teachers would love it to have.

        • njhoorn June 18, 2015 at 12:52 am

          I had the same question

          Hi, Rob!

          I have enjoyed being a member for several years. 🙂

          I just wanted to clarify if a plus member can download this free, or if there is still a charge, even though greatly reduced.


  • najmanjay February 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

    re: Membership+


    Thanks for your reply.  Does it make more sense for me to just upgrade my membership to  membership+?  If so, a couple of days ago, I purchased a few downloads.  Might I be able to credit that purchase towards my upgrade?



  • Hamze Barati October 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    seeking for free models

    Hello robives

    I live in IRAN my country boycotted by USA and any creadit card we can not buy anything from other countries as well as from your site .do you have free models,that i download it??

    thank you   
    [email protected]