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Modulars in Motion 

Active play modular designs ie modular
designs that change shape when played with. 





Name: 2part Decoration Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 2 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1989. Also independently
discovered by Tung Ken Lam who realised it would
squash flat in two directions, thus turning a
rather ordinary paperfold into a charming toy. On
seeing this I realised that the Skillman Ball
will also squash flat, something I had previously
not been aware of.
Reference:
038
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Ad
Infinitum  an endlessly revolving toy Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 4 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1995.
Reference:
118
Diagrams:
BOM 175 December 1995 // Learning Mathematics
with Origami  Tung Ken Lam and Sue Pope  2016 
Association of Teachers of Mathematics  ISBN
9781898611950 // Online diagrams are available
on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: Back
to Front  a simple action toy in which
rotating the elements in relation to each other
brings each to the front in turn. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 3 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2004.
Reference:
259
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Bouncy
Bricks  part of the Pyramid of Leaves
project. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 2 modules plus strengthener for each
brick from silver rectangles using standard
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Reference:
501
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: ColourChange
Collapsible Cube  begins as a square
section tube which can be twisted and collapsed
to create an oddlooking cube. The cube will
squash flat sideways and can be manipulated in
the palm of the hand to cycle through all four
coloured faces in turn. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 4 modules from silver
rectangles.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1993.
Reference:
096
Diagrams:
CDO Convention Pack November 2004 // Infinity
2005/1  Tarquin Publications // Sticky note
version in Sticky Note Origami  David Mitchell 
Collins and Brown  ISBN 1843402270 // Online
diagrams are available on the Modular Designs page of this site.





Name: Elite
Flexicube Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 24 modules from silver rectangles using
silver rectangle folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1992.
Reference:
087
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Modular 2Way Tube
 a modular version of Robert Neale's 2Way Tube
(which can be made (in several ways) from a
single sheet of paper or light card). Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 2 modules from any
rectangle using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1997.
Reference:
151
Diagrams:
BOM 184 June 1997 // As the Magic Tube in Office
Origami  Adam Russ  Universe Publishing  ISBN
0789313138 // Learning Mathematics with
Origami  Tung Ken Lam and Sue Pope  2016 
Association of Teachers of Mathematics  ISBN
9781898611950 // Online diagrams are available
on the Devious Devices page of this
site.





Name: The Modular Flip Flop
is my reconstruction of a design by the Danish
paperfolder Thoki Yenn which has become lost
(probably because Thoki abandoned it in favour of
his one piece version of the same design). The
design is a version of a well known mathematical
toy with the strange property that it will squash
flat in two different directions. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 2 modules folded from
double bronze rectangles using 60/30 degree
folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1989.
Reference:
046
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Mothership
 design made using Paulo Mulatinho's
UFO as a macromodule  from squares. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: Each UFO is made from 2
modules from squares using standard folding
geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2001.
Reference:
265
Diagrams:
In Building with Butterflies  David Mitchell 
Water Trade  ISBN 9780953477470.





Name: Rotating Ring of Six
Tetrahedra Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from 2x1
rectangles using root 5 folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1996.
Reference:
130
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Rotating
Ring of 8 Rhombic Tetrahedra Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 4 or 8 modules from
silver rectangles.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1995.
Reference:
130
Diagrams:
Mathematical Origami  Tarquin Publications 
ISBN 189961818X // In Portuguese  Origami
matematicos  Republicao  ISBN 9725702573 // Mathematical Origami (2nd Edition) 
David Mitchell  Tarquin publications  ISBN
9781911093169





Name: Rotating
Ring of 12 Platonic Tetrahedra Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 12 or 24 modules using
60/30 folding geometry..
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1996.
Reference:
130
Diagrams:
Diagrams not yet available.





Name: Rotating
Toy  modules require glueing together. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 4 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1992.
Reference:
092
Diagrams:
Diagrams not yet available.





Name: Popup
Hexahedra  made from Sonobe,
Cornerpocket Sonobe, Sonobe triangle or
Letterbox modules can be collapsed flat then
popped back into shape. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry:
Designer /
Date: Larry Hart published a singlesheet design
for a Snap Hexahedron in the late 1980s. In
hindsight it seems obvious that the same
principle could be applied to a modular
hexahedron but I am not aware of knowing about
this before I came across the idea while playing
with popup silveroctahedra in 2015.
Reference:
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Popup
Silveroctahedra Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 2 sets of 2
mirrorimage modules from squares using standard
folding geometry. Can be made from many different
parallelogram and triangle modules.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1989 and 2015.
Reference:
Diagrams:
Online diagrams are available on the Devious Devices page of this site.





Name: Rolling
Ring of 8 Rhombic Tetrahedra Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 4 modules from silver
rectangles.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 1995.
Reference:
130
Diagrams:
In Mathematical Origami (2nd Edition) 
David Mitchell  Tarquin publications  ISBN
9781911093169





Name: Squashy
Star is a star that is capable of being
squashed flat in all three directions. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: modules fron squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2011.
Reference:
338
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: The Tube
Cube  cube made from six linked tubes
which will squash flat. Modules / Paper
shape / Folding geometry: 6 modules from squares
using standard folding geometry.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2014.
Reference:
371
Diagrams:
Not yet available.





Name: Twin
Deltahedral Dodecahedra  convertible
design. Modules / Paper shape / Folding
geometry: 6 modules from silver rectangles.
Designer /
Date: David Mitchell, 2017.
Reference:
544
Diagrams:
Not yet available.



