Aki produces the cardboard figures as part of its D-Torso line. The models are created by dividing each 3D figure into horizontal data slices and then cutting each layer out of cardboard. The method is quick, easily scalable and results in products that are much lighter to ship and more cost effective than if the same objects were to be produced using metal, wood or even plastic.
Some of our favorite pieces in the booth, besides the awesome robot, were the towering yellow giraffe and the tiny cardboard cats. Aki also makes unique packaging using the same method, including an adorable penguin-shaped wine holder and a cute pig-shaped package to hold gifts. The cardboard is fully recyclable (we hope to see a recycled cardboard option in the future as well), making these delightful paper sculptures an environmentally friendly option.