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History of Zig Zag Tessellation

PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 8:12 pm
by mkosmul
I'm wondering if the Zig Zag Tessellation (https://flic.kr/p/dKYre) can be considered a traditional model or if a particular author can be named?

It seems to be visible in some Bauhaus origami pictures making it at least close to a hundred years old. David Lister mentions it in his article (http://britishorigami.info/academic/lis ... _begin.php) stating that "Zig-zag folding was an old technique, which was known, for instance in Danish lampshades." but without any dates. Does anyone have more information on this model's history?

Re: History of Zig Zag Tessellation

PostPosted: September 30th, 2017, 8:36 pm
by NeverCeaseToCrease
This "zig zag" tessellation is usually called the "Miura Ori" tesselation. I don't know who invented it or when it was made but it's certainly very old. Additionally, this tesselation has been used in modern engineering by NASA through solar panels for satellites and is used with glass to create a super strong board-like material.

Re: History of Zig Zag Tessellation

PostPosted: October 1st, 2017, 6:10 pm
by mkosmul
I’m aware of Miura-Ori (named after its inventor, Koryo Miura) but it came about circa 1980 IIRC and I’m pretty sure that the technique was known well before, although with different angles (e.g. the Bauhaus examples).