Saturday, August 25, 2007

How to build the Fujimoto Origami Cube

Cut and Fold If you've been following my stream on flickr you will have seen a pattern to be folded into a cube, with a panorama printed on it so you get a "Virtual Reality Cube". The pattern looks like this (click on it to go the flickr page where you can download a large version of it). Here are the instructions to fold this cube created by Shuzo Fujimoto. You will need to refer to the pattern of folds to help you know what you need to fold. In fact, this pattern (on the upper right part of the picture) could be sufficient to let you know how to fold it, but one of the steps is tricky. You can find hand-drawn instructions.


Print and cut the square.
Fold in half, and keep folded.
Fold again in half.
Unfold the top part.
Fold down the middle.
Fold then one of the halves...
... and the other.
Unfold everything. We have all the straight line creases marked.
Fold the slanted lines, as in the pattern. Not pictured here: you have to do that 8 times in all.All the creases have been made now. It should look like this.
Now turn it around.
This is the hardest part. With your thumb and fingers, press the bottom third square from the left upwards and to the left.If all the pre-creases are correct, it should fold itself quite easily. If not, straighten them again and push...
... and push, putting the four folds in the correct position.
Fold the fourth corner below the first one to get the top of the cube to lock.Turn over and start folding the four flaps, one after the other.
When you come to the last one, fold it below the first one, and......voilÓ !

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7 Comments:

At 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad choice of paper. It is very hard to see the creases. Should of used plain red or blue paper. Perhaps you can do it again using plain paper and a solid, contrasting background instead of the tan streaked.

 
At 11:39 PM, Anonymous yash said...

the paper choice is fine. thanks. i cant stop making cubes now...

 
At 6:30 AM, Blogger michelninjaninja said...

WOOOOW men this cube this AMAZING thank you so much ˝.˝

 
At 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG im so mad! i cant figure out how to do it! i need help, at least make a vid or sumthing! I have NO IDEA what to do! Soo unclear

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Tonigami said...

Can anybody help me. I didn't suceed in folding the Fujimoto Cube. Is there any video which shows the difficult parts at the end - the folding ...

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Seb said...

Tonigami: I don't have a video, but I assume that the difficult part is the one "With your thumb and fingers, press the bottom third square from the left upwards and to the left". Once the folds are there, this really comes like magic, so you should really feel it with your fingers. Good luck!

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Tonigami said...

I try and try ... without beeing successfull. Now I stop an leave it. Maybe I'll succeed trying it next time ...
Thank you for your help!

 

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