Whilst browsing the excellent Google Patents
archive, I stumbled upon thisPuzzle amusement device
It's a fresh take on the flexagon (which I know to be fairly popular with some people here), where many triflexagons are linked in a way such that they can be moved or 'slipped' and then folded to produce a great number of different shapes. I've never seen such an idea before. My favourite is the 'hexagonal trihexaflexagon slipagon' (working title
), Fig 13. I'm currently making it and I include a basic template for it.
The illustrations in the patent should be sufficient to aid construction, follow them very
carefully though, I did make a couple of mistakes so far. It can seem correct but actually be folded incorrectly.
Now who can come up with the best design?Basic template for the hexagonal trihexaflexagon slipagon
(apologies for artifacts)