Free Animated Mechanical Paper Models + Optical Illusion
Free paper models that are animated or mechanical. These amazing
machines are made of paper, gears and mechanics...
Press - Mechanical papercraft toy puppets originally from the
LA Times, Junior Times section in the 1920s. Oscar the Owl, Rollo the
Rookie, Halfback Harry, Tom and Jerry to name just a few.
Stuff - Animation Toys - A simple printable Zoetrope is at the
bottom or the page. Also, instructions on how to make a Thaumatrope
- Very clever devices that are business card size, made from a sturdy
card stock. They offer a Cardapult, Penny Shooter, Trebucard, and Iris
cards! The designer sells them as unique business cards but he also
offers free build your own plans. Choose "Printing info" under
the heading "Information" on the right side. Once on the Printing
Info page, look for "Outlines" around mid page. You can then
select the cardnetics you want and download outlines in multiple choices
of graphics formats. Very clever designs!
- In the Toys section there are some very cute: zebra, elephant, frog
chorus, a leaping goat, ruminating cow, pop-up grasshopper and a tiger
that jumps through a ring of fire, clowns on stilts, and a working carousel.
In Science/Universe there is a moving Copernican and a Ptolemaic system.
In Toys: a flip animation wheel with changable cards.
with People - People in an car that goes up and down, cute.
Coffin - Great
animated coffin from Disney Worlds The Haunted Mansion.
Aquarium Theme Carousel
Style Machine - Very cute animated man doing the Gangnam Style
- A cute big brown bird with a mouth that opens and closes.
to Make an Animated Paper Robot -
Step by step instructions, by Rob Ives, on how to build a paper robot.
Push the robot up and down and he stretches his robot claws.
the Dragon - Free to download, but it states on the page that
it is shareware. Go to Download under Jade Dragon.
- Cute cat playing a piano keyboard.
Gyroscope that Works
- A paper automata of Nintendo's very popular video game character Mario,
turn the crank and Mario jumps and hits the gold gift box and coin pops
out. There is are others: Paper Mario Hammer, Flying Kirby and Mechanical
POW Block, do a site search for "Automata" to bring them all
- Pneumatic rocket that actually flies and a zoetrope.
- There is an clown riding a trike, a jumping sheep, Leonardo’s mechanical
hammer, a bird and more. All very cute.
Skull - Cool cube skull that opens and closes it's mouth with
the touch of a finger.
Mechanical Bat - Very nice 8 page cam and piston paper model
of a bat.
- A mole, woodpecker, horse, seal, monkey and a waving lucky cat. Very
nice paper model design work.
Pencil Quality Television - See the movies Kill Bill, Dr. Strangelove
or Dirty Harry on your very own portable paper TV powered by two pencils,
Models that Really Work -
Very nice mechanical paper toys from a software program for the Commodore
64 that was released in the 1980s. There is an Antique Truck, Balancing
Jet, Carousel, Helicraft, Jet Dragster, Bank, Catapult, Mercer Raceabout,
Pennypower Scale, The Spirit of St. Louis, Starship, Steam Engine, Oil
Pump and Table Saw, Tractor Crane and more.
- There is a fully working maual plotter, a cardboard computer, and
other projects. I could not find the templates to construct them, but
it is very interesting none the less.
Mech Warrior - Turn a crank and a Mech Warrior takes a walk!
Modeled after the Madcat Timberwolf in popular video games. Very nice!
- I love this great illusion by Hendrik Ball that inspired some of the
illusion models in this section!
- Really cool optical illusions that are like modern art sculptures.
- Very interesting motion and solid object illusions.
- There are lots of fascinating pop-up cards and illusions on his site.
There is a magic floating cube, endless love valentine card and flower
pop up, just to name a few! Worth a long browse.
of Lady illusion
- The echibit is called Curious. A ladies head follows you as you walk
by or move the protrait. Nice effect..
Moving Sculpture Illusion - It really looks like this skeleton
is turning his head to follow you! Easy build, I love this great effect!
- This was my first illusion model. Yodas' eyes appear to follow you
as you walk past him.
Tools for Designing Animated Paper Models
- All about paper toy automata. In addition to the history, they discuss
mechanisms, designing, tools and construction techniques. And don't
forget to check out their gallery. Their art work ranges from card stock
and cardboard to wood.
Cabaret Mechanical Theater - For the most part this site is
about wooden automata. But most of the ideas translate to paper as well.
They do show the motion of the Geneva Mechanism. They also have a very
nice wooden prototyping kit for sale.
- There are no free kits but they have videos demostrating all of their
automaton kits that you may find entertaining, inspiring or educational.
Movements - Some of the illustrations are animated and some
are not, they just haven't completed them yet. When looking for ideas
for designing animated paper models, this site could be helpful.
- I think this is one cool web site. If you want to build any type of
paper toy automata, you will want to spend time here. Here you'll find
plenty of teacher resources and print outs to help with classroom activites.
are no longer any free models or at least I cannot find them. There
are some very nice mechanical paper toys and browse the site for some
great ideas and amusement.
Mechanics / Automata by Walter Ruffler -
A discussion of the principals of paper model mechanics.
- Animated demostrations of all sorts of paper cranks, gears, cams,
levers, pistons and lots more.From hand crank mechanisms to pendulum
power and even rubber band powered pop-up models. Go to the Workshop
Notes on the right to read the blog and gain insights into how paper
models are developed. Choose Shop on the right to find the amazing free
models. Choose the house shaped icon in the upper right hand corner
to get the home page for an overview of what's new. His models are fun
to build and educational to play with. Rob
Ives is a personal favorite paper model artist of mine. His site is
a must see.