Snapology: Snub Cube

Snub Cube
Snub Cube

I mentioned that I would be posting something about snapology in my last post...well here it is! The picture above is a snub cube which is what you get when you take a cube to a belt sander and remove the edges and corners.  Snapology is a really interesting take on modular origami. Instead of piecing together units made from square pieces of paper, snapology uses rectangular strips of paper which vary in length.  The strips of paper usually have dimensions 1 x n, where n is a positive integer.  In other words, these strips can be divided into squares.


There are two classes of strips: connectors and face strips.  In every snapology piece, connector strips are divided into four squares each, and these pieces do just what their name implies: they connect face strips to each other.  Face strips make up the faces of the polyhedron you are modeling. The face strips are divided into twice as many squares as the number of sides on each face. In the case of the snub cube, there are only two polygons serving as faces: squares and equilateral triangles. Since a snub cube has 6 square faces and 32 triangular faces, I needed 6 strips of (4 x 2 = 8) squares, 32 strips of (3 x 2 = 6) squares.  As a result, I needed 60 connector strips of four squares. Why 60? Because there are 60 edges in a snub cube! Anyway, snapology is a really fun way of making complicated polyhedra and it makes for a fun group project.


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