The Miura fold
, a type of rigid origami
that works by folding flat, rigid sheets with hinges, has a number of uses. For instance, It's great for folding a map, because Interdependence of folds means that it is very difficult to reverse them and the amount of stress place on the map
, and can be used on solar panels that need to be folded and unfolded by automation
, as deployment only requires one motor, and to transport materials for telescope lenses that originally would be too big to fly into space
. Here's one schematic for duplicating the Miura fold
(PNG), and a simplified version
(YouTube). More information and fun with scientific origami
at Robert J. Lang's origami website
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 19, 2014 -
On the one hand we have kirigami, the slightly more dangerous variation of origami that involves razor-sharp instruments (think snowflakes
On the other hand we have architecture.
Now put your hands together... [more inside]
posted by heyho
on Feb 13, 2013 -
by Etienne Cliquet. Exquisite moving origami powered by the capillary action of the paper.
posted by Plutor
on May 16, 2011 -
Minimal origami is paper folding with just one fold. A single fold in a piece of paper is enough to make a swan
or an interesting curve
. Notably, Paul Jackson
has made beautiful one crease origami structures.
posted by twoleftfeet
on Jan 31, 2010 -
Ze Frank received many wonderful, heartfelt and poignant responses to from 52 to 48 with love
in the form of pictures, comments and emails. However, as it became more widely circulated, it also provoked intense anger and outrage
. So, he created angrigami
as an attempt to devour the entire carcass, bones, bile and all.
posted by netbros
on Dec 21, 2008 -
Comedy duo, Ramenz
(ラーメンズ), aka Kobayashi Kentaro and Katagiri Jin, also known as the Japanese versions of Mac and PC
, have recently done a number of shorts collectively called "The Japanese Tradition." Apparently, these tongue-in-cheek pseudo-instructional vids about famous aspects of Japanese culture (Tea
, and Relationships
) have been fooling a lot of non-natives into thinking they are actual guides. (YouTube, each approx 4-6 min).
posted by ikahime
on Mar 29, 2007 -
origami for Mr. Happy. (Not, not this
. And not ninjas
, either.) The sensuous practise of Kokigami originated from the ancient Japanese art form of giving beautifully wrapped gifts.
posted by gottabefunky
on Jul 15, 2006 -