Topic: Origami

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Origami Changes Everything: Mass-producing an ancient art with 3D printing

Can origami, the art of folded paper, be used to 3D-print parts for our cars, pieces of clothing, art that we display, and other products? Can we build machines that can create patterns based on scans, and then cut, f...

The Paper Airplane Guy demonstrates how to fold five paper stunt planes

John Collins is The Paper Airplane Guy thanks to his years of paper airplane designs, including the world record paper airplane design for longest throw, as well as his super popular how-to books The New World Champio...

Paper Folding with Matt Shlian and Sesame Street

In this Sesame Street clip from 2013, paper artist Matt Shlian teaches kids how to create and glue together a paper sculpture from multiple pieces of folded paper. Want to create the piece yourself? Visit Shlian's sit...

How To Make a Hexaflexagon: The Definitive Guide

How do you make a hexaflexagon in under a minute from any long scrap of paper without scissors, tape, or glue? 'Mathemusician' Vi Hart is well-known for her love of hexaflexagons, hexagonal flat paper models that can ...

Salt crystal snowflakes, DIY candy canes, & more holiday science projects

If you're looking for a few DIY winter science activities for the holidays, these Selection Box Science videos by The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair are fun and festive options. Greg Foot demonstrates a...

The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world

Biruta Kresling is a Paris-based architect and independant researcher on folded structures—specifically how nature folds and unfolds tree leaves, tortoise shell bamboo, turbinate mollusk shells, the air sac of the h...

A window into ladybug wing origami

Beneath a ladybug's red shell, the spotted elytra that it's known for, the beetle's hind wings are efficiently folded until it wants to take off and fly. When it lands, the wings simply fold back up into a protected p...

Diffusion Choir, a flock of 400 kinetic origami elements

Four hundred motorized origami elements echo the movement of an invisible flock of birds. The piece, titled Diffusion Choir, is made from Tyvek fabric hexagons that furl and unfurl like umbrella canopies around 1800 t...

A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations

Twenty five years ago, physicist Robert Lang worked at NASA, where he researched lasers. He has also garnered 46 patents on optoelectronics and even wrote a Ph.D. thesis called "Semiconductor Lasers: New Geometries an...

An origami-inspired model for reconfigurable materials

Metamaterials — materials whose function is determined by structure, not composition — have been designed to bend light and sound, transform from soft to stiff, and even dampen seismic waves from earthquakes. But each...

How to make a simple origami triangle bookmark

If you don’t want to rip a scrap of paper off of an old piece of homework, or if you can’t find that bookmark you had from your local bookstore, try this simple and 'friendly' origami triangle bookmark, which fits on ...

The Foldscope – A Paper Microscope that Costs $1

To help make microscopes as accessible and as sturdy as pencils, Stanford University biophysicist Manu Prakash created an ultra-low-cost origami-based microscope. He was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Thailand clinic w...

Orizuru, a remote controlled origami crane that can fly

A super lightweight, flying symbol of peace, this RC origami crane is made from paper, carbon tubes, 3D-printed nylon filament, and an energy-efficient microcomputer. Its wingspan is 27.6 inches (70 cm), and only weig...

Fold & Cut Theorem – Cut any shape from only one cut

Can you cut a square from the center of a piece of paper with just one straight cut? Spoiler: YES, you can. In this Numberphile video, Manchester-based mathematician Dr. Katie Steckles demonstrates an idea that dates ...

Chris K. Palmer’s origami tessellations – Flower Tower

Origami artist Chris K. Palmer specializes in complex origami tessellations -- "a flat surface is the tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps" -- that he folds ...

This mini origami robot self-folds, performs tasks, & can be dissolved

Researchers from MIT and TU Munich have debuted an insect-like, miniature, self-assembling origami robot at ICRA 2015. The tiny bot is 1.7cm by 1.7cm and is made of a neodymium magnet, PVC, and polystyrene or paper. W...

3D printed nail art animates with stop motion

Using a real hand and a Japanese motif, Director Mizuki Kawano teamed up with experimental manicurist Hatsuki Furutani to create this stop motion animated short: Transforming. In this behind-the-scenes footage, yo...

Dancing Paper, 8bit Harmonica, and Musical Umbrella by Ugoita

The next time we start folding origami cranes, we're going to be tempted to give them legs and little magnetic feet. This is Dancing Paper, a project by multimedia artist Ugoita. Watch as the cranes dance with synchro...

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