Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Archimedean Solids
 
There are thirteen Archimedean solids, the truncated tetrahedron, the cuboctahedron, the truncated cube, the truncated octahedron, the rhombicuboctahedron, the great rhombicuboctahedron, the snub cube, the icosidodecahedron, the truncated dodecahedron, the truncated icosahedron, the rhombicosidodecahedron, the great rhombicosidodecahedron and, finally, the snub dodecahedron. I have not made versions of all of these, although it should, of course, be possible to do so. Details of other modular origami versions of many of these solids by other modular paperfolders can be found in the MODE index on this site.

In modular origami Archimedean solids are often modelled with some of their faces, usually, although not always, the triangular ones, indented. This technique helps to keep the number of modules required to a minimum.

 
Truncated Tetrahedra
 
  Name: Truncated Tetrahedron (2-part) - a large proportion of the surface of this consists of just a single layer of paper, yet the design is stable, rigid and reasonably strong.

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 2 modules from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Truncated Tetrahedron (4-part)

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 4 modules from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Truncated Tetrahedron (6-part)

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
Cuboctahedra
 
  Name: Mirror-Image Cuboctahedra

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 2 sets of 2 mirror-image modules folded from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry, which will go together in two different ways to create the twin designs pictured here.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
Truncated Cubes
 
  Name: Truncated Cube (6 part) - version of Paul Jackson's Cube.

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules folded from squares using standard folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1990

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Truncated Cube

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 12 modules from silver rectangles.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2006

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
Truncated Octahedra
 
  Name: Truncated Octahedron (4-part)

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 4 modules from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Truncated Tetrahedron (8-part)

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 8 modules from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
Snub Cubes
 
  Name: Snub Cube

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 4 modules folded from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
Icosidodecahedra
 
  Name: Mirror-Image Icosidodecahedron

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 10 modules in 2 sets of 5 mirror-image versions folded from bronze rectangles using 60 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell,

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
Truncated Icosahedra
 
  Name: Truncated Icosahedron (10-part)

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 10 modules from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Truncated Tetrahedron (20-part)

Modules / Paper shape / Folding geometry: 20 modules from bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree folding geometry.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2000.

Diagrams: Not yet available.