22 June 2007

Felis Catus Papercraft

Here's a new one for the feline lovers out there, it's a cute papercraft cat from epark.co.jp - is currently being hosted at Yahoo Kids Japan along with other easy papercraft models. They have different kinds of animals, vehicles, and buildings that will surely keep your kids busy this summer. To the cat lovers, I think this post should balance out the dog vs. cat thing that you've been e-mailing me.

To those who've requested the Gock/Magock chokipeta papercraft, I'm still looking for it, I know I've saved it before and I've also made a print/scan copy of it for my archives. I did all those while I was still living in Cali and hopefully it wasn't lost when I moved here to H-town.

Also, I'd like to thank our Korean friend, Snake, for the Wind Waker Link papercraft he sent in, and if you could please send the password to the Tetra file, Hangul is really not my forte :)

Cat Papercraft [Download]

19 June 2007


Papiroflexia (Spanish for "Origami") is the animated tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands.

Created by Joaquin Baldwin at the UCLA Animation Workshop, 2007. Original Score written by Nick Fevola.

Papiroflexia [Site]

18 June 2007

The Uphill Roller

Today we'll be having a papercraft automata model of a mechanical paradox that was first presented in 1694 through a published recreational volume called "Pleasure With Profit". You may know it by familiar names such as, the Uphill Roller or Double Cone Incline. In it we have a set of shapes which is comprised of a cylinder, a double cone, and an inclined plane. First we tested the cylinder, and it rolled down the incline, just as gravity would dictate. But when we put the double cone on the bottom of the incline, it seems to defy the rule of gravity and it actually rolls up. This kind of thing might look magical to the untrained, but for those of you who where present in class when this was taught or discussed, then you already know the simple explanation to it.

Ok, I'll try to explain it as easy as can be, this apparent paradox is explained by demonstrating the property of the center of gravity of bodies, which tends naturally to move downward. Since the rails diverge, the center of gravity of the double cone, placed on the axis of rotation at the maximum diameter of the device, does not rise when the entire body seems to move up; on the contrary, the center of gravity descends. For a more detailed and better explanation, with video and trigonometry equations - check this page. And here's the papercraft automata version, from our good friend at paperpino.net

Anti-Gravity Double Cone [Download]
Thanks to Cliffy for creating the short video.