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SOMA News 20 Jan 2000
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Folding SOMA figures.

There are many ways to produce new figures.
One of the most popular is to just play with the pieces, and then see if they fit in a nice way.
Another way, is to build a base figure, and then by folding pieces in and out, sometimes rotating and folding, we can produce several more interesting figures.

There is also a few examples in the Parker Brothers manual.

Now follow the descriptions below, and see how I fold from one to the next.

Let's start from the cube.
/SOMA-A-
/377/357/355
/217/366/445
/216/216/244

Then fold down left, lift and turn right top
/SOMA-B-
/...11/...61/...57/33355
/...66/...67/...77/23445
/...../...../...../22244

to do -C-. swirl around right
/SOMA-C-
/.117./.165./33355
/.677./.667./23445
/...../...../22244


Now Lets try a different figure. First we rearrange the cubes in figure -C- to get -D-
/SOMA-D-
/.../.../333
/.66/.77/437
/.61/.67/445
/.11/.55/245
/.../.../222

From -D- to get -E-. Flip on end and turn he wings
/SOMA-E-
/34../3376/3776
/.4../.466/.571
/22../2451/2551

From -D- to get -F-. Turn top and reposition
/SOMA-F-
/..../333.
/.551/4351
/.571/4466
/.776/2476
/..../222.

From -D- to get -G-. Fold down
/SOMA-G-
/...../333..
/...76/43776
/...66/44571
/...51/24551
/...../222..

Now we can continue from the -G- figure to get -H-. Fold down
/SOMA-H-
/....../333...
/...7../437766
/.....6/445716
/...5../245511
/....../222...

And from -H- to get -I-. Turn right block 180 deg and raise, Flip middle, move left part on top.
/SOMA-I-
/.3./.3./.3.
/.4./731/771
/.4./541/766
/.2./546/556
/.2./.2./.2.


Try it yourself, maybe you can find other figure foldings that will take us through a wole sequence of different figures, however, remember that each folding step should be short and simple, and it SHOULD consist of moving a solid section of 'more than one piece' at a time.

Happy figure hunting.


- submitted by Thorleif Bundgård.

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