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first of all ...


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second.
i was living in NY and saw this cube inside a subway booth on the 7 line (46th st)
and for days i wonder about the structure until one day i found the way to build it ... yes!

so , is not my original idea, but looks cool!!!

materials ...
6 used metrocards (nice to make another projects and is free!!)
your hands ... lol
2 oz of patience or 10 min of spare time

i have tried business cards and they work too!

good luck.
 
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Step 1: Basic fold

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1.- six used metrocards
2.- fold to find center
3.- do not mark the crease too deep
4.- fold lower corner to meet center (paper clip is just a holder for the picture)
5.- fold the opposite way to make a hard crease
6.- fold top corner, then fold the opposite way to make a hard crease
7.- you will have this 4 triangles in one square
8.- press top and bottom triangle with one hand while pressing the right and left triangles with the other hand
9.- press hard to make as flat as you can
10.- this shape we need
11.- fold an the other side to get a symmetrical shape
12.- fold all cards to make six pieces

Step 2: Know the parts...

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front and back view in detail


identify the "flat" area or "triangle" on the sides
this will be inserted on the other parts.

Step 3: Basic construction

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i think is very clear...

the piece has sort of a candy wrap shape
two triangles on the sides and two slots on top and bottom.

triangles slide into slots.
simple!

Step 4: Locking on

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the pieces have to lock on the next one with no effort needed
if they tend to separate
a.- you made a sloppy fold
b.- folds are too tight or to loose

a+b really simple
a+b+c is simple once you join them togheter

at the end all three pieces are lock in place .
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nascar3 made it!9 months ago

Very easy to make. 5 STARS

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I did it with business cards, I realize I'm 2 years behind though, check out my pic...
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scopevisions (author)  JupiterGreenwood2 years ago
love the pic ! nice job... and yes it was two years ago... lol. ;)
This would work hella well with monthly Muni passes in SF! And then of course you'd have a rainbow, since the colours are different every month! Too bad I'm a million k's away nowadays.
Cool instructable!
roblin905 years ago
Love it! 5 stars!
SeaLion5 years ago
Aha! I remember loving this!
Sabazius5 years ago
This is brilliant: you can do this with pretty much any rectangle of card, I used some playing cards from a dead deck, which is more difficult since they are less flexible, but it is really strong when you complete the final folds.
hes right about the rectangles. just did this with business cards 
scopevisions (author)  Sabazius5 years ago
can u take some pics?
i have tried and ... no luck....
lol!
i tried this with playing cards it just falls apart. now i ruined a good deck of cards.
I actually meant that I did this with cards from a pack with some cards lost/missing, so the pack was useless anyway. Sorry, I should have been a little more specific about that one :\
yeah i knew what you ment but i figured hey sounds cool i'll buy a pack at the dollar store. but it didn't work it just falls apart =[
NYC metro cards are extremely stiff, stiffer than any of ur cards
jonnyboy3235 years ago
Haha cool. Works beautify with business cards!!! Jon
zzzdude6 years ago
Two things: 1. This can be made with any rectangular sheet of paper. 2. It is not pure origami, but it is modular origami.
Actually, it is 'pure' origami. The only kind of origami that isn't 'pure' is any kind that involves cutting, gluing, taping, or ripping. This is just pure folding. In fact, an old Japanese origami enthusiast friend of mine does a lot of modular origami.
scopevisions (author)  zzzdude6 years ago
nope ... it can not be made from "any" rectangular sheet of paper... you need a square shape in 45º angle dead center or the next piece will not fit in the "slot" if you use pure origami when folding the first piece (or all) and you use no glue ... will the final product still be "pure"??? it IS pure origami ... and modular origami as well ... (where you asking or making a statement??)
Um, yea, you can make this with any 6 rectangular pieces of equal sizes. There are variants for rectangles too long, and those that are too short just don't hold together as well as the perfect 1:2 rectangle. It is not pure origami, as pure origami consists of one square piece of paper, with no cuts, no glue, or no other additives (such as other pieces of paper). Now, it is possible to make what you showed in your tutorial with one piece of square paper, given it is large enough so it is easier to fold those intricate parts. Perhaps after I steal a camera I will make a tutorial on how to do it. Eventually...
not true, then nothing is "Pure" origami.
See the link in my post below - I've made an attempt at doing this. Have even folded it with a tiny (~5cm square) piece of paper but isn't recommended! I put together a photo sequence to complement the original instructions by Thoki Yenn, which I found to be almost indecipherable. :)
pyroelfears5 years ago
the metro cards are crazy stiff!
lobo_pal6 years ago
Oh gosh, for a minute there I thought that image three was your evil hypnotoad army ready to take control of the world, what a minute... Hypnotoad, Hypnotoad Hypnotoad, master.
Spint lobo_pal6 years ago
All hail the HYPNOTOAD!
lobo_pal Spint6 years ago
Yay, someone got the Futurama reference. Where are all of you people.
I got it, but I was too lazy to post.
Hurry for the army of laziness.
Spint lobo_pal6 years ago
I don't know where all the fans are. But Futurama is an amazing show lol. I was bummed when the canceled it off Adult Swim. Gotta watch it on Comedy Central now.
lobo_pal Spint6 years ago
Same here, but at least I can get season two on DVD at Gamestop.
Spint lobo_pal6 years ago
Thank-God for DVD releases!
lobo_pal Spint6 years ago
And the people who sell them!
Spint lobo_pal6 years ago
Yep.
scopevisions (author)  lobo_pal6 years ago
can we cut the futurama chat please ? maybe you two can email each other and comment on ...
I found it incredibly relevant.
bluellama6 years ago
Can someone who lives in NYC scan a couple metro cards(on both sides please) and put the file of them on the site for people like me who have never been to NYC and won't go in the near future. would be appreciated.
This kind of box only works with flexible cards that are a bit springy. I have two made with $1 bills but they don't holdup well. I doubt regular paper will either.
which I have paper that matches.
scopevisions (author) 5 years ago
we might have to flag someone who works with the inventor ... wtf !!! u can pick metrocards for free !!! what is the name of "the inventor"? and where is registered in? people... flag ... tx.
have you figured out other shapes yet scopes?
hockys15 years ago
this is incredible i wish i had something to make it with
scopevisions (author)  hockys15 years ago
you can use business cards ... metrocard measurements are the same as a credit card ... u can CUT thick paper...
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