Topic: Origami

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Why do geese fly in V formation?

Why do geese fly in a V formation? In this episode of World By Charlie, our friend Charlie Engelman observes some origami geese to better understand how the vortices of air behind their wings shape their signature V-f...

Reconfigurable Ghostkube sculptures

Since we last saw Stockholm-based artist Erik Åberg's Ghostkube project, he's investigated the geometry, creativity, and organic qualities behind these interconnected cubes, building prototypes and exploring ways that...

An accidental toy inventor’s shapeshifting designs

What if we could make objects transform in the same way a flower unfolds from its bud? This is what designer, Harvard professor, and accidental toy inventor Chuck Hoberman is trying to figure out. His work, ranging fr...

Fold ‘N Fly paper airplane instructions & video tutorials

From the prolific Fold’n’Fly database of paper airplanes with easy-to-follow folding instructions, learn how to make The Sprinter Acrobatic Paper Airplane, above, and more than three dozen other fun plane designs. The...

How to make an origami Butterfly Ball

Learn how to make an origami Butterfly Ball that bursts apart when you hit it. This easy-to-follow tutorial by Jo Nakashima takes us through each step. For this design by Kenneth Kawamura, you'll need 12 small square ...

These tiny origami robot transformers use magnetic fields to walk, roll, sail, and glide

This small cube can transform into a walking, wheeling, boating, or gliding bot with the help of origami exoskeletons that fold around it to create a new form and function. These are tiny shape-shifting robots from re...

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...

Dinara Kasko’s incredible edible geometric cakes

Ukrainian pastry artist Dinara Kasko creates incredible-looking edible cakes that are inspired by geometry, architecture, sculpture, and technology. For a 2017 ‘ruby chocolate’ event in Shanghai, she made an 81 piece ...

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 ...

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