Fold the Yoshimoto cube yourself

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Folding a Yoshimoto cube yourself requires not only manual skill, but also spatial imagination and it is already a mathematical tinkering. If you want to build your work of art yourself, you have to work very precisely, otherwise the functionality of the structure cannot be guaranteed.

Don't give up, it's worth it.
Don't give up, it's worth it.

What you need:

  • 4 sheets of solid paper each in two different colors
  • scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • patience
  • instructions

The preparations for the Yoshimoto cube

  • The Yoshimoto basically consists of 48 equilateral pyramids assembled in a certain way as the smallest component. You have 24 such pyramids in two Colours cut out and glued, each 3 pyramids of the same color are glued together at the bottom with scotch tape to form an L.
  • Then two pyramids of the L are folded up and glued together on the inside at the meeting edges. This created a kind of half yoshimoto.
  • Then glue two such half-cubes together so that the right-angled sides are on the outside. The adhesive edge of the two half-cubes is perpendicular to the support surface. The edges of the cube that meet on the table are not glued.

So you fold the components yourself and glue them together

  • Then glue two such double half-cubes together, only on one half of the edges of the two double "half" Yoshimoto cubes that meet on the table.
  • You now have to fold this component, which consists of 12 pyramids, in the same color again yourself. Align the two components in such a way that the two "pyramid squares" result in a rectangle.
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  • The glue points on the bottom of the respective squares must be in the resulting rectangle the short outer edge and the vertical glue points must be on the long edges of the rectangle are located.
  • If both pyramid squares are correctly aligned with their glued joints, the two parts will be attached to the two upper edges of the two components lying next to each other in the middle only up to half of each glued.
  • In front of you is a rectangular component made of 24 pyramids, which looks roughly like two rectangular bowls placed next to each other. You then have to fold this component again in exactly the same way in the other color yourself. The Yoshimoto cube is ready. Both components can now be placed one inside the other and your tinkering fun begins.

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