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Modular Origami — 3D anaglyph images
These are 3D anaglyph images of different modular origami models.
Red-cyan glasses are required for proper viewing.
Each image was generated from two photographs taken with a digital camera and combined using Make Anaglyph script-fu plugin for The GIMP.
The offset between images when taking pictures was determined by intuition with no helper devices used.
I feel that regular flat images of modular origami (many of which you can find on this site, too) often do a poor job of showing a model's real character.
Especially complex origami solids tend to become just puzzling patches of different colors on two dimensional photographs.
They do so much more than traditional origami models because threedimensionality is inherent to their design and their abstract form makes it harder for the viewer to recognize 3D cues from the image.
Therefore, despite all shortcomings of anaglyph images, I think they can enhance the experience in interesting ways and provide additional useful information to the viewer.
This could come in handy especially if you want to recreate a model based on its picture.
Even basic depth perception helps better understand the folding process.
On the other hand, at least with this particular 3D technology, I find three-dimensional pictures to be complementary to regular, flat images, but in no way capable of replacing them.
Models folded and photographed by Michał Kosmulski. Modules designed by their respective authors.
Click on images to enlarge them. Links in image titles lead to pages with more information about each particular object.
Gasherbrum (four intersecting triangles, 4 × 3 × 1)
Model and units
designed by Robert Lang (instructions in PDF linked from that page), 12 units.
[ 2D image ]
Made from custom modules (30 modules).