Paper Snowflakes

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25 Aug, 2015 09:15 AM

Attached, just for fun, is a paper snowflake generator.

As you can see from the screenshot, the network is quite simple, consisting primarily of a "paper" node and an "unfold" node. To cut the folded up paper triangle, just attach up to seven shapes to ports of the paper node (cut1, cut2, etc.). Size, rotate, and position the shapes carefully to make the cuts (intersections) you want. You can use any shapes and make as few or as many cuts as you want. (For fancy cuts, use combine and/or compound nodes to create a complex shape and then attach that shape to one of the cut ports.)

The cuts instantly appear in the black template triangle in the upper left corner. The final unfolded snowflake simultaneously and magically appears in the center of the screen. Dragging a cutout shape makes the snowflake pulsate like a kaleidoscope!

For directions on how to fold a real paper snowflake, consult Martha Stewart:

It's fun to experiment with different cutout shapes. If you are still in touch with your inner child, please export your creations as PNGs, reply to this note, and attach your snowflakes! Perhaps together we can make a NodeBox snowstorm.



  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by lucasnijs on 07 Sep, 2015 09:33 PM

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    Thanks John, I was dreaming of a white christmas! Wonderful!

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