Reconstructing David Huffman’s Origami Tessellations
Author(s)Davis, Eli; Demaine, Erik D; Demaine, Martin L; Ramseyer, Jennifer E.
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David A. Huffman (1925-1999) is best known in computer science for his work in information theory, particularly Huffman codes, and best known in origami as a pioneer of curvedcrease folding. But during his early paper folding in the 1970s, he designed and folded over a hundred different straight-crease origami tessellations. Unlike most origami tessellations designed in the past twenty years, Huffman's straight-crease tessellations are mostly three-dimensional, rigidly foldable, and have no locking mechanism. In collaboration with Huffman's family, our goal is to document all of his designs by reverseengineering his models into the corresponding crease patterns, or in some cases, matching his models with his sketches of crease patterns. Here we describe several of Huffman's origami tessellations that are most interesting historically, mathematically, and artistically. Keywords: Collaboration, Computers, Reverse engineering
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
Davis, Eli, Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, and Jennifer Ramseyer. "Reconstructing David Huffman’s Origami Tessellations." in Proceedings of the ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013, August 4-7, 2013, Portland, Oregon, USA. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.
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