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The 15ft Origami Dinosaur with Googly Eyes

Most kids would have tried their hand at a bit of origami – a paper aeroplane, maybe a paper crane or perhaps one of those chatterbox games… How about a 15ft (4.5metre) cardboard origami dinosaur? Betcha haven’t tried making one of those, huh? No, me neither,  but it looks like fun – once you get the hang of industrial-strength origami cardboard and find out where to buy those giant googly eyes…

( KEVIN MINGORA, THE MORNING CALL / April 3, 2014 ) Making the dinosaur image caption: Lisa Glover, a Lehigh University grad student, and technical entrepreneurship professor Brian Slocum put together Felix a 15-foot E-fluted corrugated fiberboard dinosaur that Glover created. Image source: The Morning Call newspaper

Lisa Glover, a Lehigh University (US) grad student, and technical entrepreneurship professor Brian Slocum put together Felix a 15-foot E-fluted corrugated fiberboard dinosaur that Glover created. Image credit: KEVIN MINGORA / THE MORNING CALL

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I ask you – who hasn’t wanted to wear a 15ft high cardboard origami dinosaur costume to a fancy-dress party? Or just on a casual stroll down the street…

While 23-year-old US student, Lisa Glover was thinking about what cool Halloween costume she could make for a party, her university assignment “to explore a manufacturing process and demonstrate it in an interesting way” led her to discover a process called Industrial Origami.

“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),” Lisa said.

After researching Industrial Origami for her uni assignment, she decided she would go to Halloween dressed as a velociraptor (as you do)… The dinosaur costume took Lisa 50 hours to design, cut, and build- and when she walked into that Halloween ball she says: “Literally everyone stopped to stare. He was the star of the evening, and everyone wanted one.”

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Of course not everyone has room for a 15ft cardboard dinosaur costume in their wardrobe, so this enterprising young designer has designed a scaled- down, 3ft (90cm) dino in a  DIY origami kit form that even a child could put together.

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Lisa describes the  KitRex as “a flat-packed hit of specially-cut bristol board pieces that you fold together to create a 3ft long velociraptor.”

Her crowd-sourcing campaign aimed to raise $8,000 to kick start the KitRex business, but at last count had raised over $80,000 as dino-loving backers line up for their very-own origami dinosaur.

You can find out all about the KickStarter campaign to bring KitRex to life here. (Make sure you watch the video, too, to see the giant dino in action)

Follow the dino journey here: www.kit-rex.com

Image sources: kitrex.com and The Morning Call 

 

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