System Development: Spidron

First developed in 1979 by Dániel Erdély the Spidron is created by recursively dividing a 2-dimensional hexagon into triangles, forming a pattern that consists of one equilateral followed by one isosceles triangle. The resulting form is of six Spidron legs that, when folded along their edges, deform to create a 3-dimensional Spidron.

Spidron Nest

Spidron System_Parametrics_Lorna Jackson

Initial investigations into the Spidron system using paper resulted in irregular shapes that could not be predicted, and therefore replicated precisely. Progressing onto using rigid materials allowed the system to be broken down into six components, removing unnecessary triangulated fold lines, and developing latch folded Spidron that is precisely the same as that formed parametrically.

Spidron System_Three SPidrons_Lorna Jackson

This relationship between parametric and physical tests of component based Spidrons in both regular and irregular hexagons, as well as various other equal-sided shapes, has enabled the development of large scale models concluding thus far in a 1:2 scale version being built which will continue to be developed…

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Project Development and Karamba Analysis

Karamba is a parametric environment added onto Grasshoper for 3D modelling in Rhinoceros .  It provides an accurate analysis of systems parametrically modelled and enables designers to analyse projects from the earliest stages of a project.

The latest edition of Karamba can be downloaded from:

In both 32 and 64 bit applications the installation must be  installed within the same file where the Grasshopper.dll file resides. Karamba can run without installing a Pro/Student licence however without it there are limitations to the geometry that can be analysed and the about of mesh faces it can take (>50)

The Student license has the same capabilities as the Pro licence and is only 30EUR for two installations. In order toobtain a licence  after installing Karamba use the licence tool to save the ‘machine ID’ which then needs to emailed along with your student ID to:


The images below represent my current development using both physical and parametric modelling in order to develop my proposal:

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