Arts in STEAM 2022 Conference: Folded paper corrugation (Art, Workshops, Performances)

Origami has become a subject of research in mathematics, science and engineering. A growing artistic and scientific field is that of origami corrugations and tessellations as pioneered by Shuzo Fujimoto, David Huffman, Yoshihide Momotani, Ron Resch and others.

Folding paper is also an accessible activity for education.

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This simulation of paperfolding in Geogebra uses simple elements for a hypnotic animation. Geometric transformations like reflection, rotation and translation show their power.

This corrugation of paper has been pioneered by Shuzo Fujimoto and others: it uses 60 degree geometry but can be generalised to other angles. When made with paper or thin card the motion shown is difficult to achieve, which may lead one to ask why.

See Using Geogebra for Origami for some ideas and techniques for using Geogebra to design, draw and animate origami.

Crease Pattern (CP)

Mountain folds are red and Valley folds are blue.

Crease Pattern for 60 degree Chevron Corrugation (3 by 3 grid)
Crease Pattern for 60 degree Chevron Corrugation (3 by 3 grid)

Other origami corrugations and tessellations

Waterbomb Corrugation

Earlier work

North American Smocking

Ciment Pleating
Plissés de France


Deployable structures and mechanisms

Origami and mathematics education

Some simple mathematics of origami

LEARNING MATHEMATICS WITH ORIGAMI by Tung Ken Lam and Sue Pope, Association of Teachers of Mathematics, ISBN 9781898611950

Learning Mathematics with Origami, front cover

Star Origami: The Starrygami™ Galaxy of Modular Origami Stars, Rings and Wreaths by Tung Ken Lam, A K Peters/CRC Press, ISBN 9781032022338

Action Modular Origami to Intrigue and Delight, Tarquin Group, ISBN 9781911093947

Action Modular Origami to intrigue and delight, front cover