Urban papercraft

Result of the Kilobus contest

Remember the Kilobus contest???

Well the result are in; there is a winner, go check it out!

And for you lazy bastards the gallery of all the participants:

Urban papercraft

Urban papercraft: Fwis Readymech

ReadyMechs serie 01

I can’t tell this better then Fwis do them self:

Fwis Presents Readymech – Free flatpack toys for you to print and build. Readymechs are free flatpack toys designed to fit on an 8.5?x11? and to be printed on any printer.

I can’t give you the definition what a flatpack toys is. I can show you!

There are no blank versions of the Readymech, but with a little imagination you can make a couple new designs yourself!

And if you need a little help: Computer Arts has a tutorial about Design and build a flatpack toy.

You can download the tutorial for free or just download the support files from the “bad-boy”, print it and start building.



Improvement is a new category I added to the category Design.

A lot of opensource and freeware programs I use are very good, but sometimes there is room for improvement.
This can mean improvement:

  • in the design
  • in the usability
  • what more..

Sometimes I just want to rant about a stupid thing (usually windows).
Sometimes I want to help a developer as a designer.
Sometimes I would like some new features.

Urban papercraft

Urban papercraft: Ken Munk

Another cool urban papercraft project: Antlor – the deer departed by Kenn Munk.

Antlor 3

This project could creep you out! Kenn is the type of guy who likes too shot, kill paper animals, cut-em-up and hang these hunting trophies on the wall.

This is series 1, it has 3 different designs which can be bought.

But…… I love stuff that’s for free, and I love the blank versions:
Get your own Antlor hunting trophy.
And a DIY Antlor

Antlor 1 & 2

Ill wait and see what happens in series 2.

(and yeah I will try too make one of my own)

Design Grumm

Creating papercraft: Grumm – part6

I finished the Grumm printsheet version 3:
Grumm a4 printsheet version 03a

I’ve tested this printsheet a couple of times and is as good as I can make it right now
And now you will probably ask: “where is the .PDF?”
Well …I first want too make a “skin” for Grumm before all of my “friends” start building one.
But I have asked the friendly people of Frutabomba too create a custom Grumm.

But leave your email here in the comments, and as soon as possible I will send you a file you can work with. really I will!

So too collect all the stuff I did these couple of weeks:
The mugshots of the prototype:
Grumm mugshot prototype version 3

The Grumm logo:
Grumm logo version 2

And the print sheets:
Grumm a4 printsheet version 03a

Design Grumm

Creating papercraft: Grumm – update

I found my digital camera, the batteries are full and I have some daylight:

So some pictures of the 3 stages of prototyping:

Grumm the first prototype:
Grumm mugshot prototype version 1

The second prototype:
Grumm mugshot prototype version 2

The third prototype :
Grumm mugshot prototype version 3

Design Grumm

Creating papercraft: Grumm – part5

I modified the print page again, but it’s more an exercise in beauty then major ajustments.

So the bigger part of today I spend on designing a logo for Grumm:

First version:
Grumm logo version 1

And after some tips from Symen:
Grumm logo version 2

So time to go to bed, and tomorrow is my birthday (well it’s 2 o’clock, it’s already my birthday)

Design Grumm

Creating papercraft: Grumm – part4

From Grumm print v02 I noticed that it is quite small to build! It’s economical to print on one piece of A4-paper, but not very practical.
So I translate the one piece of A4-paper version to a two piece of A4-paper print.

But I haven’t got much time today: so I printed the plans I made yesterday (Creating papercraft: Grumm – part3).

And build this somewhat bigger version of Grimm:
Grumm prototype version 3 (two A4 papers)
(let’s find that digital camera!)

Grumm mugshot prototype version 3

Urban papercraft

Urban papercraft: Kilobus

Update #1: my French is non-existing but even when it’s translate I don’t read it good: Wim pointed out the correct submission date of the contest: 20 October…
So from today (updated on 18 October) you have two days to finish your design.

In my Urban papercraft series I wanted to talk about Ken Munk and Fwis Readymech but they have to wait…

Team Kilobus from France surprised me with there gorilla. And because there is a contest going on, perhaps it’s interesting to join if you want to.

My French is bad… and thats an understatement. So let me (google) help translating the page where you can read everything: Customize the gorilla where you also can find the .PDF and start coloring because this contest last till the end of this month (October).

An example by Ecklectic

The first time a ran into this papercraft project I wasn’t impressed… I bookmarked the site, and today I saw it again. And team Kilobus has been busy: they has created a contest with the gorilla with some nice prices. He cleaned up the papercraft and contestants.

As I said: I’m glad I bookmarked the site.

I will make one of my own, but not before the ending of this month… I’m busy creating my own papercraft figure. (and I need to finish my design for this blog!)

Design Grumm

Creating papercraft: Grumm – part3

Because the name “dude2006” was a working title, I wanted something more fitting for the design.
And where do you go to when you want a cool name: Symen Veenstra! And he came back with: Grumm.

In the prototype I made in Creating papercraft: Grumm – part2 I made some adjustments:

  • legs were to “fat”
  • waist to big (no room for hands)
  • change in the angle of the glue tabs (they have to be 45 degree)
  • some instructions on the glue tabs (names and connection numbers)

Check Grumm papercraft version 2:
Grumm print version 2 (one a4 paper)

This is post is not written in chronicle order, but you will not notice the difference. It more a historical thing…