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The KitRex costume that started it all at Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire

A real crowd-pleaser at the inaugural Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire, this industrial origami-Inspired full size dino “chicken-walker” was created on the laser cutter at Lehigh University through the Integrated Product Development program. As expected, a steady stream of children tailed the reptilian pied piper, in awe of it’s crafty cardstock awesomeness.

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Lisa Glover shows off her small KitRex paper craft Kickstared velociraptor at Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire.

LehighValley_MMF_logos.fwI interviewed Lisa Glover, the creator of the velociraptor costume and the successfully Kickstarted KitRex raptor papercraft kit, now in its final hours.

A KitRex is a flat-packed, paper dinosaur that you construct by folding and tabbing together specially cut pieces of high-quality Bristol board. It balances on its feet and can be decorated with googly eyes, feathers, and what ever else you can imagine.

Here’s a the background behind KitRex and the costume that started it all: 

Halloween has always been a big deal to me, and I wanted to top last year’s costume (a dragon, complete with tail, claws, and wings). Being that it was my last year at Lehigh (and last year with free access to a laser cutter), I wanted to make it count.  So I decided I would be a velociraptor…

In early October, our class was introduced to a project called ‘Making It’, where we had to explore a manufacturing process and demonstrate it in an interesting way. I thought, perhaps I could kill two birds with one stone- complete the assignment and make a Halloween costume too. So I searched for a process that would be applicable to my idea and soon stumbled upon ‘Industrial Origami’.

Read the full story on the KitRex site.

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Anna Kaziunas France

Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media.

She runs the digital fabrication hardware testing for Make:. She’s very interested in your ideas for practical digital fabrication focused books — anything that turns codes into things — hardware and software.

She’s also the Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, compiled the Make: 3D Printing book and ran the 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout Weekend testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open source — preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter, , and Facebook.


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