Single units


Models of this type are also automatically listed in: single-sheet

Pages dedicated to single units: a unit by itself is a single-sheet model, but is most usefult for building modular origami (multi-sheet) models. Having a separate page for a unit is especially useful for versatile units which can each be used to build a huge number of different shapes. A unit’s dedicated page contains all general information about the unit and links to the unit’s folding instructions when available.

This page lists folding instructions for models of a single type. You might be interested in the models themselves instead.
Weird Asymmetric Sonobe (WASS)

Weird Asymmetric Sonobe (WASS)

This unit behaves like the Sonobe unit and can be used to build similar shapes, but its struc...

Bow-Tie Sonobe

Bow-Tie Sonobe

This Sonobe variant was independently designed by me and by t...

A4 Rhombic Unit

A4 Rhombic Unit

Instructions are available from the author’s website.

Little Turtle Unit

Little Turtle Unit

Instructions for this module were published in Tomoko Fuse’s books, Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations (page 56) and Unit Polyhedron Origami (pag...

Lelum Polelum Unit

Lelum Polelum Unit

Instructions for this model are available in the form of a videotutorial.

Woven Slit Module (WSM)

Woven Slit Module (WSM)

Woven Slit Module is an origami unit which can be used to build different kinds of modular assemblies, from simple cubes to more complex objects. They can we...

Outdoor Origami Meeting Module (OOMM)

Outdoor Origami Meeting Module (OOMM)

This unit can be used to make spiked versions of polyhedra with triangular faces as well as polyhedra with square faces where each face is extended with a ”b...

Building Block Units (BBU)

Building Block Units (BBU)

Building Block Units are a family of modules which make it possible to build a huge variety of designs, from typical abstract geometric solids to realistic m...

Simple Edge Unit (SEU)

Simple Edge Unit (SEU)

SEU, the Simple Edge Unit is an edge unit with a 90° angle at the tip. It can be folded from paper of any proportions and it is quite versatile since with mi...

Sturdy Edge Module (StEM)

Sturdy Edge Module (StEM)

StEM is a very versatile module which can be used to make a number of very different objects. Three units can build a triangular 45-degree pyramid, so anythi...

Pyramid Vertex Module (PVM)

Pyramid Vertex Module (PVM)

PVM is a family of units which can be combined into shapes of quite different structure. The family consists of vertex units which resemble triangular pyrami...

Open Frame Unit

Open Frame Unit

Instructions for this module were published in Tomoko Fuse’s book, Unit Origami: Multidimensional Transformations. There are two variants of this unit, I (bo...

Swallowtail Module (Dog Bone Unit)

Swallowtail Module (Dog Bone Unit)

This is a business card unit which I designed independently with Jennifer Campbell who used the name Dog Bone Unit (details in model description).

Moreno’s Unit

Moreno’s Unit

Jose Arley Moreno’s diagrams Jose Arley Moreno published instructions for this unit on his web page.

Trimodule

Trimodule

Diagrams for the Trimodule are available on the author’s web page.

Trapezoid Edge Module (TEM)

Trapezoid Edge Module (TEM)

These are folding instructions for the Trapezoid Edge Module (TEM) module. This module bears some resemblance to Thomas Hull’s PHiZZ unit while the folding p...

Cosmos Ball

Cosmos Ball

Instructions for the model were published in Meenakshi Mukerji’s book, Marvelous Modular Origami, on page 18.

Umbrella Dodecahedron

Umbrella Dodecahedron

Instructions for the model were published in Meenakshi Mukerji’s book, Marvelous Modular Origami, on page 54.

QRSTUVWXYZ-stars

QRSTUVWXYZ-stars

Instructions for folding the model are available online.

Bascetta Star Unit

Bascetta Star Unit

Diagrams for the Bascetta Star (which obviously also include instructions for folding the units) can be found on the author’s page.

That Simple Unit (TSU)

That Simple Unit (TSU)

Instructions for folding this unit are available from the Web Archive. There is also a videotutorial but quality isn’t the be...

Jitterbug Unit

Jitterbug Unit

The Jitterbug Unit can be used to create a number of polyhedra which can undergo the jitterbug transformation (devised by Buc...

Oxi Module

Oxi Module

Since I’m too lazy to draw nice diagrams, I just made photographs of the module at different stages of folding. The module is quite simple, so I hope such pi...

PHiZZ unit

PHiZZ unit

Folding instructions Instructions for folding the PHiZZ unit and buckyball models made with this unit can be found on the author’s web page.

WXYZ

WXYZ

Diagrams for this model are available online.

TUVWXYZ-stars

TUVWXYZ-stars

Instructions for folding the model are available online.

STUVWXYZ-stars

STUVWXYZ-stars

Instructions for folding the model are available online.

Sonobe unit

Sonobe unit

This page contains links to instructions for the classical Sonobe module. There also exist literally hundreds of variants: those have their separate pages on...

Penultimate Unit family

Instructions for the Penultimate System can be found online on Jim Plank’s page as well in Robert Neale’s own e-book, Many Modes of Origami Models.