Introduction: Instructabot Papercraft

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So what is this? This is Papercraft! It's Instructables' Instructabot made out of paper and is able to move his head (up/down/rotate/switch heads), ears (rotate), arms (rotate in 2 axis), hands (rotate), legs (rotate). Watch the video above for a short demonstration.

I started this project, because I wanted to experiment with own models and research on how to make movable/animated papercrafts, because there are limitations obviously.
I looked at the instructables robot on the top of the website and remembered that the site changes the appearance of Instructabot to popular events like Halloween (I looked at my Happy Halloween card I received from Instructables and saw a zombified Instructabot). So since it was Christmas I made a Christmas version of Instructabot as well as the regular one. I have included a Photoshop file with the textures, named parts for identification purposes and there is an UV layout so you can make your own version of Instructabot!

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I entered the Papercraft contest here at Instructables. By winning a cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo/Silhouette Portrait cutting machine I can speed up building my papercrafts and thus I will be able to make more papercraft creations in less time. Besides that I can prototype new (mechanical) designs more quickly and it would be an awesome birthday gift! So please vote for me in the Papercraft contest to aid my creative process :)!

> > Download Instructabot Papercraft templates here < <

PDO files can be opened with Pepakura Viewer/Designer
PDF files can be opened with Adobe Reader.

Files included:
- Instructabot normal version (pdo & pdf)
- Instructabot Christmas version (with christmas hat) (pdo & pdf)
- Photoshop file with UV layout and named parts (for creation of your own textures)
- Readme


- You can change the texture by going to Settings->Texture Settings and replace the texture with a different one.

- You can resize the papermodel (Pepakura Designer only) by going to the 2D Menu->Change Scale->Scale Factor.

Step 1: Materials

Material list:

- Aleene's Tacky Glue (Available at pipoos for NL)
- Cutting knife/scissors
- Cutting mat
- Black marker (no gloss!)
- Different sized cylinders (you can use pens, wire, needles etc.)
- Tweezers (optionally)
- Paper (I used regular paper 80 g/m2, but I would recommend going for some heavier paper like 120 g/m2)
- Color printer

Step 2: Modeling & Prototyping

I modeled & textured Instructabot from scratch using Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. I prototyped some designs for the movable parts and iterated on them to see what works best with paper. I made a testbuild for that prototype and it was a succes. I finished the model, exported it to Pepakura and created the pattern.

Step 3: Preparation: Print, Cut & Fold

  1. Print the templates.

  2. Cut every part with your cutting knife/scissors.
    Don't cut the circle at the top of the body! The neck needs to be glued there.
  3. Fold every part.
    __ _ __ = valley fold
    __ __ __ = mountain fold

    You can fold using a ruler, a scissor or slightly go over it with your cutting knife. Don't fold the smooth parts like the arms/legs and body (horizontal lines, look at photo as reference).
    Use a pen to roll cylinders (arms/legs/neck pieces).
  4. Use a black marker to hide white edges of the paper.
    Only use it at black parts like the hands!

Now we are done with preparing and only have to focus on gluing.

If you need some more help here are some papercraft tutorials:

Step 4: Building the Arms

  1. Hands
    Begin with hands (the hardest part of the papercraft). Put the flaps of the hand through the hole in the arm piece and fold them back. I recommend using tweezers or your cutting knife to do this, because they are rather small. Put a bit of glue on the back of your tweezer (or something else) and put that glue on the flaps. Be careful to not glue the circle to anything other than the flaps so it can rotate. Be sure to check this and if it's stuck somewhere then find the spot and cut the glue away. Now you can glue the hand together.
  2. Arms
    Next the arm piece needs to be rolled with a cylinder (pen) so it's nice and round. Glue the arm-cylinder together. Cut the flaps a bit shorter and make sure the flaps don't go over the circle on the inside (otherwise it can't rotate)! Close the arm.
  3. Shoulder mechanism
    Next build the shoulder mechanism. Be careful to not glue the flaps on the bottom to the upper part. Build the little cylinder and put it through the arm. Then glue it to the shoulder mechanism. Put the flaps through the hole of the arm and fold them back. Glue the circle to the flaps again and make sure it can rotate!

Step 5: Building the Legs

  1. Wheel
    Pretty straight forward. Glue the long part to the grey flap and close it.

  2. Leg
    Roll the leg using a pen and glue it together. You can close it, but make sure you cut out the flaps already in step 3. Now put the flaps through the hole of the bottom of the body and fold them back. Put a bit of glue on the flaps and glue the circle to the flaps. Check if it can rotate. Glue the wheel to the leg, make sure the correct side is up!

Step 6: Building the Body

  1. Neck
    Roll the neck, glue together and close it. Put some glue on the bottom flaps and glue it to the body (on the white circle).

  2. Buttons
    Roll the button, glue together and close it (3x). Glue it to the body (for positioning look at the examples).

  3. Body
    Now everything is on the body and we can close it. Glue the edge of the body together and then work your way up by gluing one flap at a time. Then close the bottom and the neck.

Step 7: Building the Head

  1. Ear
    Slightly roll the rounded part and glue it to the flap. Close the the circle with the flaps in the center and close the smaller circle. (The photo displays the old version! I switched the flaps so it's easier to close.)
    Then put the flaps through the hole and fold them back. Glue them to the circle again and make sure it can rotate.
    You can also just glue them to the head, but they will not be able to rotate obviously.
  2. Antenna
    Roll the antenna with something small like a needle and glue it together. Glue it to the ear piece.
  3. Head
    Now glue the sides to each other and closing the top and bottom.

Step 8: Put the Head on the Body

... and you are done!

Put a bit of double sided tape under the wheels so it can stand
- or -
Grab thread and needle and hang it somewhere, in your Christmas tree for example!

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