Make a 180º Open Twisted Crest OA/Kirigami Pop UP Card

Flower 180º Open Twisted Crest Pop Up Card
Flower 108º Open Twisted Crest Pop Up Card
Flower 108º Open Twisted Crest Pop Up Card

I have been having fun making these 180º open twisted crest style origamic architecture pop up cards. This is a clever technique and, I wanted to invite you to join in the fun.  This post includes patterns for my new Flower Crest design, suitable for production on a laser cutter, a craft CNC cutter or, by hand.

Most people will have to actually make one of these cards or watch the folding video to get how it works.  I originally spotted this technique used for several patterns in Keiko Nakazawa’s 2006 book 3D Pop-Up Greeting Cards (link in the resources section below) and, abstracted it to make my own designs. Rather than gluing to backing cards, I prefer to develop other approaches like what I have done here.

Flower Crest OA Backing Card Pattern
Flower Crest OA Backing Card Pattern

Flower Crest OA Card Pattern
Flower Crest OA Card Pattern

Machine Settings

Settings for your cutting machine, whether CNC or laser, will vary depending on your machine, the specific paper stock you are using and other factors.

The paper I used for my cards was 0.014″ thick 105lb cover stock.

On the Glowforge, I used a speed of 500 and power of 72 for the cut lines and a power of 18 for the mountain fold lines.  I scored the valley fold lines on the back by hand with a craft knife.  If you are a Glowforge user, you likely have some experience dialing in settings for a particular material. I color-coded the file so that the GFUI will separate and order the operations on import.

27 July 2019 update: I’m seeing less smoke deposition with lower power and slower speed.  I have switched to using 250 speed and 36 power.

My settings for each operation for the Gazelle cutter are in the MTC file as layer descriptions (D is depth setting on my adjustable blade holder, V is velocity and F is force). Those will probably be mostly useless unless you are also using a Gazelle cutter with an adjustable blade holder.  If you are a craft cutter user, you are likely used to sorting out settings for a given stock.  The layers are in the order you should cut them.  The last two layers are the backing card (one score and the cuts).

Pattern Files

Important: These files are for personal, non-commercial use only.  If you want to produce these to sell or for other business use, please contact me to arrange for licensing terms.

Attribution-Creative Commons NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Flower Crest Pop Up Card PNG (for cutting by hand)

Flower Crest Backing Card PNG (for cutting by hand)

Flower Crest Pop Up Card SVG (optimized for Glowforge)

Flower Crest Backing Card SVG

Flower Crest Pop Up Card MTC (for craft cutters)

Resources

MT Washi Masking Tapes, Set of 20, Bright & Cool Colors

(Also available in bright and cool half sets.)

Lil Chizler scraping tool

3D Pop Up Greeting Cards by Keiko Nakazawa

Glowforge Laser Cutter

Amazon referral links support a local arts organization. Glowforge referral link helps defray my costs of running the studio.

Hammering a Helical Heart

Hammering a Helical Heart

I made an edited build video for the Helical Heart pop up cards, including an original taiko soundtrack (well, pentatonic xylophone, mokogyo, bowl gong, bells and fish rasp, anyway). This is my first YouTube video and, my first multi-track audio recording.  Let me know what you think and, if you would want to see more stuff like this.

I made an edited build video for the Helical Heart pop up cards, including an original taiko soundtrack (well, pentatonic xylophone, mokogyo, bowl gong, bells and fish rasp, anyway). This is my first YouTube video and, my first multi-track audio recording. <a href=”http://testing.evermorestud.io/contact/”>Let me know</a> what you think and, if you would want to see more stuff like this.

 

Carbide 3D Nomad 883 Desktop CNC

Carbide3D Nomad 883 Desktop CNC machine in the Evermore Stud.io

Excited to un-box and set up new equipment for the stud.io today! 3D printing gets all the buzz but, CNC milling machines can do amazing things and, are not limited to plastic. If you are curious, you can read more about the machine at Carbide3D’s site. They also have some videos of the machines in operation. The wooden Lego bricks are especially cool. I have some reading to do before I can do much with this but, it’s very exciting.

Carbide3D Nomad 883 Desktop CNC machine in the Evermore Stud.io
Carbide3D Nomad 883 Desktop CNC machine in the Evermore Stud.io