## Checkered Sonobe

A Sonobe variant derived from my Paper Airplane Sonobe.

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.

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A Sonobe variant derived from my Paper Airplane Sonobe.

This simple module is folded from a bronze rectangle (1:√3).

This unit can be used for building objects such as flat tapes, rings, Möbius strips, knots, and combinations thereof. The linking mechanism between units is ...

This modular origami unit behaves like the Sonobe unit and can be used to build similar shapes, but its structure is asymmetric, hence the name. Solids built...

This is a family of units which can be used to build structures consisting of connected hexagonal pillars, resembling honeycombs. Pillars can be capped at on...

This is a Sonobe variant, derived from my Paper Airplane Sonobe by changing just a few folds.

This is one of my older unit designs (from 2008), derived from PHiZZ unit. Models made using this module are springy and shaky. Since the spring-shaped parts...

This is my modification of Tom Hull’s PHiZZ unit. The centers of the pyramids are sunk which causes the ball to become more rounded and to resemble a golf ba...

Several well-known edge units, for example Ow’s 60-degree unit or Simple Edge Unit can be thought of as special cases of a generic edge unit whose connection...

Another simple model in which a cube is built from just two units. See also: Two-Unit Cube I.

The name of this Sonobe variant comes from the arrows which look like a paper airplane that you can see on the units. In the assembled model, the tips of the...

This is a very simple modular origami design I recently came up with when revisiting my Oxi unit from a few years ago. The unit has folded edges on one side ...

A modified version of Lelum Polelum Unit where one out of each pair of flaps is hidden.

A modular which I designed after being inspired by test-folding some of Meenakshi Mukerji’s new single-sheet designs based on the Four-Sink Base. There is a ...

Aton Unit, variant A (many more are possible). More variants are possible, some with interesting color changes. Unit named after the Egyptian deity.

The Cross Lap Unit (CLU) consists of a long strip into which a number of notches have been folded. These notches can be placed on either edge of the strip, a...

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

I came up with this unit on the train back home from the 14th Outdoor Origami Meeting in Kraków, hence the name. This unit can be used to make spiked version...

Building Block Units (BBU) are a family of units which make it possible to design a great variety of shapes. An important class of models are buildings and o...

Simple Edge Unit (SEU) was designed by me, and as I later learned, also independently by many other people before. It is quite a versatile edge unit with sev...

The Pyramid Vertex Module (PVM) is actually a family of units. It consists of vertex units which look like trigonal pyramids (hence the name) and connector u...

Sturdy Edge Module (StEM) was designed by me, and as I later learned, also independently by many other people before. It is a versatile edge unit and a speci...

This is a very simple unit which can be use for all sorts of spiked polyhedra. The spikes can point both outwards and inwards of the model.

This is a relatively simple to fold edge unit. It is quite versatile as far as the possible ways to connect the modules go, and there are two variants, I (bo...

This unit is designed for business card origami - it will not work well with regular, less stiff paper. At the time of designing it (2013), I was not aware t...

This is a versatile edge unit. No limitation on the number of edges meeting at a single vertex.

This is a custom unit I designed in 2009. The design is a variation on the theme of generic edge unit, folded along the shorter axis.

I designed this simple unit myself but later learned that it had been already published before by Jose Arley Moreno. From a Facebook discussion I know at lea...

The Trimodule is a simple but versatile module which can be used for all sorts of solids with faces which are equilateral triangles. These can range from the...

This is my modification of Tom Hull’s PHiZZ unit.

A simple edge unit that has a number of peculiarities. There are two variants, “symmetric” and “antisymmetric” which have slightly different limitations.

This is my simple modification of Tom Hull’s PHiZZ unit. I think I remember seeing the same modification somewhere on flickr which suggests others have come ...

This is my simple modification of Tom Hull’s PHiZZ unit. I think I remember seeing such a variant somewhere on flickr which suggests others have come up with...

The module, originally designed just for folding this dodecahedron, can be also used for other kinds of models. See, for example, this spiked icosahedron.

This unit can be used to make cubes and almost any shapes built from cubes using business cards. With only two folds, it’s literally the simplest unit I know...

Francis Ow’s 60-degree unit is one of the first versatile edge units and can be used for a number of geometric shapes. With minor modification, similar units...

I originally learned about this unit under the name Modulo Tornillo and only later found out it was better known as the unit for making Bascetta Stars.

That Simple Unit (TSU) is a versatile edge unit which can be used for making all sorts of spiky balls.

The Jitterbug Unit can be used to create a number of polyhedra which can undergo the jitterbug transformation (devised by Buckminster Fuller) wherein they co...

This module is my first published modular origami unit (designed in 2005) and was inspired by Thomas Hull’s PHiZZ unit. Two units are needed for each edge an...

Even though it was originally designed for making buckyballs, PHiZZ unit is quite versatile and many other shapes, especially rounded and organic solids, can...

Model is also known as WXYZ Diamonds.

This is a very popular and historically important module, but its origins remain uncertain. While it is often attributed to Mitsunobu Sonobe or Toshie Takaha...

Penultimate Units are a family of very simple and very versatile modular origami designs which can be used for building a variety of different polyhedra. Mod...

There are six intersecting planar surfaces, each in the shape of pentagonal star, in this model. This leads to the most popular coloring with six different c...