Origami seems to be the new Materials Engineering black, being considered a contemporary alternative approach to fabrication and structure: I was reading an article on deploying large solar arrays in space. This problem is not unique – everything taken into space must be small at launch so it can fit in a rocket.
I have passed this model many times, thinking “not sure what that is, maybe later”, but decided to give it a whirl tonight: What a curious object. Designed by Jeremy Schafer, from his book “Origami to Astonish and Amaze”, this odd ripply mathematical conundrum hurts your brain to look at. A fun paper manipulation first […]
This fold was folded on our 34th wedding anniversary, chosen because a long and happy relationship is not reliant on luck: This dice is clever is a little obscure – rather than traditional dots each face has a partial coverage of colour.
Currently, North Queensland is being beaten up by Cyclone “Debbie”: Australian cyclones are huge. As weather systems go, we do them big down under and “Debbie” was once a category 4 (which is nearly Category 5, for the folks at home) which on a scale of “is that a cloud” to “fuck, most of my town […]
This time of year I add marks to student work: I want to pretend it is a life-giving activity for me, the teacher.
Trolling around on the internet, as one does, I came across instructions for a 3D cube Illusion by Nick Robinson: I needed something that was relatively quick (times are busy, it was late) so thought I would give it a try.
Currently, in Queensland, there is a project to weave one million stars: This is a Froebel Star, one of the million forming around the state.
Sometimes a modular is deceptively complex, this 6-part modular from David Mitchell is no exception: Four cubes, interwoven in evil ways has done my head in for days now, I simply could not (1) imagine the shape it was going to end up; and (2) make the modules connect in ways that made sense.
I quite enjoy folding modulars – the way they combine to make a larger form can be fascinating and this module is no exception: This is Dave Mitchell’s “Artefact” module, it can be put together in 2’s and 6’s.
Toys for people with ADHD are all the rage – people pay for things with switches, moving clicky bits and spinney things because, reasons: This paper toy continues to be an enigma. Made of 4 modules, it is a twisty cube that also folds flat in a myriad of ways that break your brain.