Paper figure design help

hellbringer17

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Hey guys! I'm writing to ask for some advice for papercraft design! My friend is a designer and we have been thinking about making a poseable hockey goalie craft with very simple articulation. However we have one problem: she’s worried that the arms won’t hold poses and will always fall down and flop around. See the attached photo for the pose/style.

Using the glove arm as an example, we want to make the shoulder rotate up and down and right now we're thinking just a simple cylindrical pin joint style. Do you have any tips we could use so that it holds the pose and doesn’t sink or flop?
 

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Check out the teddy bears at Canon Creative Park for an idea on a simple articulated shoulder and hip joint. Do a search for Blueprints Paper Crafts for another idea. They are some Star Wars figures with simple articualted shoulder and hip joints that are sold in various locations online and in stores.:)

Canon Creative Park
 

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My advice:

1. Make the model symmetrical (left and right side have to be mirrored) to ensure that the body does not look wonky or gets a lean toward one side. Unfold the model, build it to see how everything goes together.

2. Build Juilius Perdana's Iron Man figure:

https://www.google.com/url?q=http:/...:iw6oaxy6r2u&usg=AOvVaw0CizCXe0UAYaHhAbovwuSi

https://www.google.com/url?q=http:/...:iw6oaxy6r2u&usg=AOvVaw2N6Mytd4ZJc4bxjNpUrHsZ

https://www.google.com/url?q=http:/...:iw6oaxy6r2u&usg=AOvVaw2ms5LtUEgsW0q1RHd8UdCZ

This shows you how to make working joints.

3. Build your model again an cut it into pieces where the joints should go (shoulders, elbows, wrists, head, hip, upper legs, lower legs, feet). Replicate the joints from the Iron Man, re-scale them to make them fit inside your model. Glue them into place and see if everything works. Make adjustments on-the-fly.

4. Cut everything apart again, flatten out the parts, scan them and adapt the unfolded parts to match them with the scans. Print the altered parts and assemble them to check if everything fits.

5. Make the instructions and save everything as *.pdf.

:)
 

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Floral wire inside rolled up paper sections. Or wooded beads. Use tissue paper for the seams that move, perhaps rubberize it with rubber cement. Maybe one of those artist figures that help people to draw positions would give you ideas. Or wooden joints with paper over them. Zathros is right about a KingKong armature as he pictured above. 3D printers can make those and they do stay. you might need a slit in the paper to let a screwdriver tighten them up over the years.
 

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Re-enforce the limbs and joints with a few strands of floral wire. Tape the wire tight up against the skeletal structure. Just dont wiggle the poses like you are trying to break the wire, and it should work fine and last a while.
 

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Hey guys! I'm writing to ask for some advice for papercraft design! My friend is a designer and we have been thinking about making a poseable hockey goalie craft with very simple articulation. However we have one problem: she’s worried that the arms won’t hold poses and will always fall down and flop around. See the attached photo for the pose/style.

Using the glove arm as an example, we want to make the shoulder rotate up and down and right now we're thinking just a simple cylindrical pin joint style. Do you have any tips we could use so that it holds the pose and doesn’t sink or flop?
So Hellbringer, the model I posted didn't attract you, or were you looking for something much more simpler. In that case, you could slap anything together and use the wire wrappers that keep Breads Bags tight. Those wire wraps have 100 uses. I use for everything, they work great for cleaning carburetors too. ;)