What Are Poplocks?

Poplocks connect two or more paper parts together -- just line up the holes, insert one or more Poplocks and *POP* them into place!

Poplocks are glue-less, easy, and produce a high-friction fit, making it easy to create simple or complex poseable paper toys or sturdy engineered structures.

Who Made These?

This exciting paper technology was developed by myself, Josh Buczynski. I took inspiration from the growing world of paper toys in 2004 and worked hard to create/discover something new -- a system for making poseable, connectable paper toys with parts that easily swap. After months of development Poplocks became ready for people to play with through www.paperposeables.com!

How Do They Work?

Take two pieces of paper, each with an equal-size hole. Line up these holes. Fold one or more Poplock connector in half and insert the two large tips (the feet) into the hole. Allow it to expand and then press down on the middle. You'll feel a "pop" as it fits in place.

The Poplock connector pushes the two pieces of paper tightly together, creating lots of friction! It can also stay put, and won't pop out on it's own, unless a good amount of force is used to bend it out of place, or when it's pressed lightly from the back.

How Do I Try These Out?

Download the free Poplocks Free Forms template and print some out on card stock! This PDF lets you try out the different ways Poplocks combine.

You can also print out different pages of Poplocks and cut them out when you need more.

How Can I Buy Some Poplock Toys?

Go to paperposeables.bigcartel.com -- it's one place that currently has die-cut Poplocks Kits and digital templates for sale. The Gupp-E 2.0 robot toy is one of the templates that is available for purchase.

Can I Use Poplocks in My Paper Designs?

We believe that paper engineering technology is a social art. It grows and benefits everybody MORE when others participate in the usage of that art. Therefore, we do not jealously guard the design of Poplocks connectors or the shapes they can connect together.

Poplocks are available to you under a

Creative Commons is a form of permissions-based copyright which grants you, the utilizer of Poplocks designs, certain usage rights.

You CAN create your own designs that incorporate Poplocks and make them available for free! At the very least, put our names on your pattern. To fully satisfy our Creative Commons license, recreate the CC tag and the names of Josh Buczynski prominently on any pattern that contains the Poplocks connector shapes. You may use the Poplocks logo so long as you are not offering your pattern in a commercial capacity.

We limit the commercial use of your designs which incorporate Poplocks and we do not automatically extend permission to use Poplocks in a commercial capacity. Do contact us regarding additional commercial use of Poplocks technology or branding.

Please don't share commercially available template files, but do feel free to use these templates to print out as many pages as you want for friends, classrooms, activities, or events where you freely share them.


Akmal Irfan said...

Is flat axle belongs to you too?

Josh Buczynski said...

I do not claim as much ownership rights over flat axles as I do for poplocks.

Please, feel free to design toys using flat axles. I would appreciate a little "with designs by Josh Buczynski" or "pose-tech by Josh Buczynski" or "with paperposeables.com" after your name.

Unknown said...

Strangely, http://paperposeables.bigcartel.com will not "ship" the digital files, Super Combiners Series 1 - Digital File and Super Combiners Series 2 - Digital File to Canada. We do have email, you know. Could you see if you can change their mind?