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Would you please define what a Paper Machine is ? Answered

In order to submit for the Paper Contest, I would like to know if a paper machine its basically a project that has some kind of movement. made of paper, right ?


Penolopy Bulnick

25 days ago

Yes, the simplest way to say it is a paper machine is a paper project that isn't stationary. It needs to have some kind of movement.
Robives is very good at this type of project and has an example here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Agreeable-Sheep-...
Here's an example of a cardboard machine (I know it's not paper, but it is something that could have been made of paper and demonstrates my point well): https://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Mechan...
And here is an example of a paper machine entered into the contest so far: https://www.instructables.com/id/PAPER-MADE-STIRL...

Jack A LopezPenolopy Bulnick

Reply 23 days ago

Yeah. A paper project that isn't stationary, and isn't stationery, with an "e", either.

Usually stationery is stationary, unless you, like, put it in an envelope and mail it somewhere. But who does that anymore?


Mr.SanchezPenolopy Bulnick

Reply 25 days ago

Thanks a lot ! I know it was a silly question but now Im sure of the concept.

Jack A Lopez

27 days ago

By the way, if you were curious about the paper clock I mentioned in my previous reply, I was thinking of the book, Make Your Own Working Paper Clock, by James Smith Rudolph, originally published in 1983. So that one has been around for a while.

The link below, is what Google Books, can tell us about this ISBN.

Rudolph, James Smith. Make Your Own Working Paper Clock. Harper & Row (c) 1983. Reprinted by Perennial 2003. ISBN 0-06-091066-6


Jack A Lopez

27 days ago

If you want your question forwarded to one of the actual judges, I think your best bet is to send the same question in an email to service@instructables.com, because that is how you reach the staff, i.e. the people who get paid to work here.

However, if you think about it, you will realize the answer to your question is probably, "Yes", with respect to moving parts.

The reason why, is because the judges want something sexy, which they can show off, and maybe splash on the front page for a while.

Machines with moving parts are sexy, and there would be some extra wow-gee-whiz!... if those parts were made out of paper!

As an example, I have seen clocks made out of paper.

I guess what I am saying is a paper machine, without moving parts, would have to be truly special and sexy, in some other way.

For example, I seem to recall some organization that made a printed paper book, whose pages were infused with microbicidal, silver nanoparticles, so a page could be torn out of this book, and used as a water filter, that would actually kill 9x.xx out of 100 germs in the water that moved through the filter.


That example, does not have a lot of moving parts, besides the water, but it is sexy, because of the massive potential for social good.

By the way, I am NOT one of the staff, or one of the judges, for this one, so there is no use in you lobbying to me, about why your paper machine, is truly a machine, or special, or worthy.

I am just saying, if you look at it from the perspective of the staff, they want their winning 'ible to be something they can pitch as a, winning, best, etc, "paper machine".