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castle from your childhood. A bit of a warning here, while not particularly sharp, they will cut flesh. Cut with caution. Secondly, one of the reasons I never really considered cardboard to be that aesthetically pleasing is because I invariably reached for duct tape to bind two pieces together. However, like screws to wood and rivets to metal, there are some new binding materials on the market that bound to raise the aesthetic appeal of your creation. One of our favourite cardboard accessories around the Lab are Makedo Cardboard Construction tools and screws (see image on right). Not only do the blue screws add some visual appeal, but they are the perfect solution for young makers as they are free of any pointy ends. Furthermore, they bind two or more pieces of cardboard together really well, and they are reusable. You can see some of those iconic blue screws in the cardboard construction. Now let’s say you are eager to create but don’t happen to have any Makedos but you do have a 3D printer, well you may just have to make do… by 3D printing your own cardboard connector. I have used this thing on thingiverse.com (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:94236) many times and it holds up very well. Finally, I have been visiting a number of makerspaces and I keep stumbling across what I believe I first saw on Pinterest. This hand-made poster of different attachments (https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/art-education2968547/tapping-into-declarative-procedural-knowledge4797547373?epik=0WYDQE_IWH3V_) will allow many different cardboard configurations. I just love having one of these on the wall next to the Canary Cutter and the Makedos. Being able to not only pitch your next entrepreneurial venture to your audience by using your persuasive speech, having a prototype that your potential investors can hold will allow them to imagine the value of your final product. Even if it is made out of cardboard, to be able to experience the physical space your invention will take up in your hand, on your desk, or in your book-bag can be instrumental in persuading someone to invest.

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Just when I have you creating a bookmark category called “cardboard” I have one more link for you: Cardboard Automata (https://www.exploratorium.edu/pie/downloads/Cardboard_Automata.pdf) We have used this resource from The Exploratorium after we were able to experience some of their mechanisms on display last year at the San Mateo Maker Faire in California. I just love how the boundaries of different subjects blur together as you mix the science of gear-ratios, the construction of cams and shafts as well as the love of cardboard. --- Happy Making! -44-

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