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.
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’.
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