Idling Time Machines Origami Tessellation Design

While I was in the throes of trying to solve someone else's tessellation, I came up with this design in the process. 

It's one of those tightly packed kinds of folds that is a pain to execute, but it's a pretty cool pattern. 

That's what I love most about solving other designer's tessellations. It often leads to inspiration and new ideas. 

This fold starts with open back hexagons. They are connected to small hex twists in a rather unorthodox manner. This creates the right triangles that are the main feature of the design. 

It feels a little familiar, but I'm not sure if I've seen or done this exact fold before or just similar ones. 

The reverse view shows the two kinds of hex twists used. But the true secret to folding this is kind of hidden in the structure. The twists of the small hexes tuck into each other.

Where the folds of a normal small hex twist would just twist all in the same direction, in this case they twist into each other and overlap. 

It's an interesting study in how simple changes to technique can create new designs. 

I did later solve the original tessellation that I was working on, but I have not folded it yet. That's a post for another day. 

Crease pattern for this tessellation is included below.  It's a little sloppy, but I believe it still gets the basic point across. 


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