Folding Along Different Dimensions

As a method of applying structure to my exploration of folding paper as a shape-changing interface, I am currently exploring different types of folds that allow for change along different dimensions. To begin I am looking at length, width and height. I want to identify different paper designs that support change along these dimensions, both alone and in combinations. For example, I am exploring paper designs that support shape change along length/ width/ height alone, length increasing as height decreasing, and width increasing as height increasing. The idea is that this will begin to form the basis of a paper-folding toolkit for building physicalizations, from which different dimensional changes can be selected as desired. The following folded or interlocking paper shapes represent a first step towards this goal. I have started to classify them by diving them into single dimensional changing shapes (which allow for a shape change along one dimension) and multi-dimensional changing shapes (which allow for a change along two or more dimensions).

Single Dimensional Changing Shapes

The scroll shape allows the paper to extend in length or width, depending on its orientation. Alternatively, by suspending the scroll, it could be used to increase height.






The slide shape consists of rigid overlaid paper connected via a rail. It could be used to change length, width or height, depending on its orientation.
The card shape can be used to change height, via a widening or narrowing of the angle between the two sides. Alternatively, by changing the orientation of the card, a change in width is also achievable.
An origami pyramid can allow for a change in width or height.
The fan can change in width, length or height, depending on its orientation.












Multi-Dimensional Changing Shapes

The grid paper shape allows for change along length and width. Height change can also be achieved, to a degree, as each column or row is folded over. Although multiple dimensional changes are possible, they are not interdependent, meaning any combination of height and width increases and decreases are possible.
The accordion changes in width as it changes in height. The height change is most dramatic and controllable than the width change, however. By changing the orientation of the accordion, a height/ length change would be achievable.


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