Pleated    Structures

Basic pleating patterns

Use of flat sheets of material can have some advantages in terms of cost and simplified construction.

Origami enthusiasts have traditionally studied what is possible with flat sheets of material.
However, rather curiously seem to have left even some of the basic corrugated patterns relatively unexplored.

Here are some of the fundamental patterns which can be created by folding a flat sheet of paper:

Radial pleating

Parallel pleating

The parallel and radial pleating patterns above are the most common ones.

Trapezoid pleating

Trapezoid pleating can be used to make tube and tunnel shapes.

There's a separate page about trapezoid pleating.

Diamond pleating

Diamond pleating is a special case of trapesoid pleating - and it shares some of its properties.

There's a separate page about diamond pleating.

Triangular pleating

Triangular pleating is a lot like a stretched-out section of diamond pleating.

Curved folds can also be used to generate pleating patterns:

Curved pleats

By approximating the above curve by a series of straight lines other patterns are possible:

Herringbone pleating

There's a separate page about herringbone pleating.


For various reason this page currently explores what regular patterns are possible without folding material back on itself.
By lifting that constraint, many more types of structure become possible.


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