Buckyball Origami: How to make the structure

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 4, 2010

It’s the 25th anniversary of the fullerene (aka Buckyball) and Google have done their bit today with the Buckyball Google Doodle, and the feedback so far about Richard Buckminster Fuller has been very positive.

Our readers have shown they appreciate what Richard Buckminster Fuller did, one reader said “an amazing man with fantastic/futuristic ideas”, and we must remember both the Dymaxion map and Buckyball.

Another said “One extremely inventive and inspiring man, from his dymaxion map to his idea on energy sharing. Sleep well Bucky the world misses you.

We thought we would follow up with a couple of videos that show you how to create Buckyball Origami. You can see the videos below this post, which create a representation of 60 Carbon atoms, also known as the “Buckyball”.

Remember the Buckyball today; celebrate the 25th anniversary by making the structure. Have you made Buckyball Origami before?

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Also See: Fourth of July 2016 Google Doodle depicting sports games

  • cHRIS

    nice stuff

  • Emily

    I've never made one before, but I have lots of experience with making Origami cranes. I have taught students to make them for years when we read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This I have to try. I see great applications for science and math classes. The videos are great. They make it look doable, though not easy or quick!

  • surfermom42

    I have made them! They are fun to put together
    except for the final element. For me it seemed that I would never find a way, until magically, it all came together. It is still hanging up from the ceiling in my office!

  • Kool stuff!

  • Luis P

    Someday, someone is going to discover that this design is going to revolutionize the power industry…

  • Susan McKeen

    This is a great idea for celebrating the BuckyBall – make one in origami. Why should I care, you say? 1) Because it is a cool looking hollow sphere. 2) Because "Buckyballs and buckytubes have been the subject of intense research, both for their unique chemistry and for their technological applications, especially in materials science, electronics, and nanotechnology." (wiki quote) Scientists speculate that in the future, bucky balls may help cure cancer or abate toxic waste. Go Buckyballs!