Tensegrity fabrics related to the map operations snub, capra, truncate, and medial. See this earlier posting. |

## Friday, February 20, 2015

### Chiral map operations and tensegrities

### Circle diagrams of common achiral map operations

Circle diagrams for common achiral map operations: identity, dual, subdivide, parallel, radial, medial, etc. |

A quadrant of a quadrilateral can be deformed into a circle having three 120° arcs: an arc representing the primal half-edge on the left, an arc representing the dual half-edge on the right (both these arcs are also mirror lines) and an arc representing a hypotenuse edge (quadrilateral edge) at the bottom. The hypotenuse arc at the bottom is not a mirror line.

Map operations are drawn on these diagrams as graphs with vertices along the circumference of the circle (and possibly also in the interior.) Black vertices are the real vertices, white vertices are simply where lines continue across the boundaries of the representation.

A map operation, O(), is associated with three other map operations: O*() = Du(O()) and O'()=O(Du()), and also O'*=Du(O(Du()). Two map operations O() and Q() are dual if Q = O'* = Du(O(Du()). For example, Ki and Tr are dual operations.

## Friday, February 6, 2015

### Two routes to complete foldability

**M**, into directions for weaving a knotology basket, Ra(

**M**), creates a new class of vertices and returns edges that exclusively connect new vertices to old vertices. If the underlying map is itself bipartite, then Ra(

**M**) will be tricolorable, and it will remain so even after the edges of

**M**are added back as hinge lines turning the quad-faced map into a triangulation.

The image above illustrates two ways to obtain a bipartite map from an arbitrary map. One way is to use Ra(). This results in the same √2 refinement and rotation discussed in the previous post. Another is to subdivide edges with new vertices, which is the subdivide map operation Su(). The radial method results in extended weaving, the subdivide method results in chain mail.

A ring of knotology chain mail is a closed belt of eight, diagonally folded squares. |

### Crease knotology weavers on both diagonals?

Creasing a knotology weaver along both diagonals of the squares yields a crack+hinge graph that is essentially the same as that of a standard weaving of a refined and rotated map—so what's the gain? |

There may be practical benefits to creasing along both diagonals, but from an analytical viewpoint, it is overkill. As shown in the image above, the same folding versatility can be gained by standard knotology weaving of a map that is finer-grained and rotated. (Though their crack+hinge graphs are identical, the two baskets are not the same because in each case different edges are cracks or hinges.)

As we will see in the next post, always folding along both diagonals would make every knotology basket completely foldable. As things are, there are many interesting knotology baskets that are not completely foldable, and, imho, it is not worth excluding them from the class in return for a technique that is largely equivalent to simply refining the underlying map.

## Thursday, February 5, 2015

## Tuesday, February 3, 2015

### Magnetic construction tiles for "Rangles and Nuses"

Right-triangular tiles with disk magnets arranged as shown only go together when the rules of "Rangles and Nuses" are obeyed. |

*rangles*) and base angles (hypotenuse angles or

*nuses*) be kept apart. The tile shown above (or alternatively its enantiomorph) can be used. These tiles look the same when flipped over.

Here are some basic Rangles and Nuses plays with prototype right-triangular magnetic tiles:

A larger array of tiles shows how similar the two classes of vertices are:

An arrangement of magnetic tiles for "Rangles and Nuses" showing the similarity of the two classes of vertices. |

## Monday, February 2, 2015

### Modeling knotology surfaces with inside-out Bassetti hinges

The square pillow (the knotology basket directed by the digon graph) realized with inside-out Bassetti rubber band hinges. The bold black edge coincides with the diagonal hinge or crease. |

The preceding post showed how knotology surfaces can be assembled from congruent isosceles right triangles. Because every hypotenuse edge in a knotology surface must pair up with another hypotenuse edge, knotology surfaces can also be seen as being composed of squares that are hinged, creased, or folded along a designated diagonal. This is probably the preferred way to model these surfaces because the number of pieces needed is reduced by half.

Square tiles with appropriately color-marked corners (as illustrated in the images here) will be called

*bi-squares,*because they force construction of a square-faced, bipartite

*crack-graph—*the graph made evident by separating the square tiles slightly—when the bi-squares are assembled with their corner colors matching.

The same card stock bi-square as above with the ears folded flat. |

The bi-squares illustrated here were made from 3" x 3" pieces of 65-lb (176 g/m2) card stock, that was creased along the edges of a 2-3/16" square diamond and also along one of its diagonals. After the "ears" were folded flat, the corners were truncated with straight scissor cuts leaving clean-cornered rectangular notches that hold Rainbow Loom elastic bands fairly securely. Working carefully, one elastic band engagement at a time, and with the help of a small gauge (2-1/4 mm) crochet hook, I find it is possible to assemble the Bassetti hinges inside out. In the end, there is just a peek of elastic band showing at the corners. It also helps to pre-curl the ears a bit so that they can pass around behind the elastic band.

View from the inside of a bi-square with two pre-curled ears. |

Stage in the closure of a particularly difficult inside-out Bassetti hinge. |

Using a narrow gauge crochet hook to properly set the elastic band in an inside-out Bassetti hinge. |

Close-up view of the inside-out Bassetti hinges in the smallest knotology surface: the triangular pillow (the surface directed by the line segment graph.) |

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