Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gallery 005


Susan BlueRobot has even more pics of her 2-PH builds! Marker, Embossing and Cutting tools were programmed to shape and remove these forms from card stock. It's exciting to see these patterns modified so much! Visit Susan's blog to see all of her other varied paper creations. More to post soon!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Gallery 004

Susan BlueRobot does some very awesome papercrafting. Check out her blog in my Paper Toy Links below - she is a great experimenter and tries out all sorts of advanced techniques.

Susan turned my Pocobot pattern into a machine cuttable pattern and printed, scored, and cut it out on her Zing cutter/plotter! Both Pocobots are custom colored and patterned and have cool 3d elements making up their faces! I love it! I can't wait to see more.

You can see more on Susan BlueRobot's blog. If you use Inkscape to design your patterns, you are going to find lots of inspiring projects and tutorials!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Poplock Freebies - 01

More free Poplocks toys for you to download, print and build! This is the Face Blocks 01 set, and it's pretty simple - you get parts for building two blocky faces. The construction is different from the body block on 2-PH as these blocks are made with two pieces. 

Why two pieces per body block?  
  • It may be easier to cut out and make (comments are welcome!)
  • More parts can more easily fit on a single page!
  • Build body blocks made with two colors!

Click (read more) to see the instructions:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Super-Combiners Double Arms

With the release of the Poplocks Super Combiners PDF (only $2!), there's more to build now! And lookee here, it's another double build - this time, with the R-MZ paper toy.

Normally, he's a pretty stand-up guy, but when you combine two R-MZ (Arms) and put on their eye mask, they assume the role of R-MND-0 (Armando), the annoying practical-joke-playing robot that shows up at parties uninvited.

R-MND-0 can be a real pest. He sneeks up on his monocular brethern and surprises them with a hug. Sadly, R-MND-0 isn't programmed to be aware of personal space and doesn't have appropriate force sensors on his arms... the unexpected can and does occur.

You can print out and build your own R-MZ Poplock bots and combine them to make your own R-MND-0! For only $2 gets you all four Series 1 Super Combiner bots plus a bonus page of parts. Check out the details by clicking on the icon below. What can you build?

Rob Ives - Posing Dinosaurs!

Rob Ives, famed paper engineer and automata designer, has put his tools to work making dinosaurs of a poseable nature. Check out these beasties here -Tyranosaurus Paper Toy - and here - Apatosaurus Paper Toy !

These dinos are really cute and super poseable! I'm glad I have a membership to Rob's downloadable projects! Get yourself a membership too!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Poplocks Super Combiners - Buy & Download!

There's a new way for you to get some Poplock toys onto your desktops -- $2.00 USD gets you a template file with 5 pages of parts:
  • 4 pages of Poplocks Super Combiners paper toys: 2-PH, HV-R, SK-8 and RM-Z
  • a bonus pages of parts including 2 rotating connectors and 4 cube connector bars.
I'll email the PDF file to you soon after you order. Once this operation gets bigger, automated downloads will become the standard.

I recommend using 65lb. or heavier colored card stock. You can buy this at your local craft store or office supply store.

Print out as many as you want! Make super combiner bots as BIG as you want!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Poplocks Video Review

Adam was nice enough to post a review of my Poplocks paper toys. You can download and print out the same toy templates Adam has made from this post - First Free Poplock Toy!

This is the first video product review of a toy I've made and it's a great thrill to see the Poplocks demonstrated and explained! Great job, Adam - I think you covered everything!

One fair criticism that is brought up - cutting out all of the holes can be really annoying. I make it way less annoying by using a MARVY Uchida 5/8 inch craft punch, but it's getting very hard to find this particular size in stores. For $6 (+ shipping) direct from the manufacturer I highly recommend getting one - it's a great time-saver! It has a cutting edge depth of ~3/8" so it can reach all of the holes for the Super Combiners poplock toys. Cro-Bolt and Gupp-E have larger body boxes, and those holes are too far inward for this hole puncher.

Another crit, yes... shipping pre-printed/pre-cut Poplock toys internationally is way expensive. I will be setting up a digital download store for Poplock patterns next week - Poplocks Super Combiners Series 1 will be $2.00 for 4 toy templates. Series 2 will follow as I get more free time (the bodies are done and just need some new decoration)