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What is Modular Origami? - University of Maine at Presque Isle

What is Modular Origami? - University of Maine at Presque Isle

What is Modular Origami? - University of Maine at Presque

InteractiveModularOrigamiExhibitUniversity of Maine at Presque Isle LibraryThe modular origami models displayed here were created byEva Szillery. This exhibit shows her work and some of thework her students made under her direction.*see other side for information on Modular Origami workshops to be held in Presque Isle*What is Modular Origami?Modular origami involves several identically folded paper units(or modules) assembled into a finished model. Modular origamiis really geometric modular origami, often polyhedral geometricorigami. As you can see from the examples on display, the externalappearance of this origami is artistic, often floral. It’s hard tobelieve that any geometry is involved in the construction. However,most models are based on the Platonic or Archimedeansolids, others on fractals or Hyperbolic paraboloids. In fact, thereis an easy way to fold an approximation to a (partial) hyperbolicparaboloid out of paper.How is Modular Origami used inthe world around us?The mathematics of modular origami has been analyzed in-depthby mathematicians, engineers, scientists and architects. Mostfolding and unfolding problems are attractive from a pure mathematicalstandpoint, from the beauty of the problems themselves.Nonetheless, most of the problems have close connections to importantindustrial applications. Linkage folding has applicationsin robotics, hydraulic tube bending, and has connections to proteinfolding. Protein folding is a major problem of interest in biologyand physics. The standard problem is designing syntheticproteins that fold stably into a particular configuration. Paperfolding has applications in sheet-metal bending, packaging, andair-bag folding. Unfolding polyhedra has applications in manu-

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