By Cory Doctorow at 10:48 pm Mon, Dec 14, 2009
This papercraft walker, inspired by the genius kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen, uses nothing but paper and a single bamboo crank-shaft to accomplish its magic.
Papercraft Theo Jansen
Awesome video Cory, I love Theo Jansen’s work. Are there any instructions on how to make your own? This would be awesome on my desk at work.
Not to be nit-picky, but it looks like three bamboo shafts, not just one.
Pretty sure that’s nit-picky.
Wow! I’ve always loved the strandbeesties. Any instructions for this one out there?
@ #3, palad:
Three bamboo shafts, for sure. Only the one in the middle, though, is a crankshaft.
If you like Theo Jansen’s stuff, you should check out work by these guys:
Arthur Ganson (http://www.arthurganson.com/)
Ben Hopson (http://www.benhopson.com/)
Walkin sideways? That’s a crab move.
this is maybe witchcraft
I saw this at Tokyo Make in May 2009. The action is great and looks only moderately complicated. The link for his site is http://emergeplus.xrea.jp/?page_id=320, however the PDF download has been removed with this comment:
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Essentially, he has temporarily removed the download because he is in the process of negotiating with Theo Jansen’s agent to become “official”. There are pictures of the printout on the site, and detailed instructions (in Japanese) .
can’t the crankshaft be made from tightly rolled paper, for the sake of the nit-pickers.
I saw an article on the real thing in MAKE magazine.
This person obviously had quite a bit of time on his or her hands.
nah. use bamboo paper! tougher…
im creating on of there for a university project. is there any quick pointers you can give me i know you cant give me the instructions. i’ve already begun making it i just need a few tweekings to help it move more fluidly. please help
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