MoFU Mighty Omega Folding Universe Puzzle Toy by Yoshiaki Ito

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
MoFU Mighty Omega Folding Universe

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Puzzle Toy

INSPIRATION:
Japanese origami, Kumiki puzzles, Transformers.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
MoFU are transforming toys that are also brainteaser puzzles. Starting as identically shaped cuboids that slide out of boxes on drawers, each MoFU unfolds into a different kind of animal - pig, monkey, tiger, hippo, and giraffe. Each animal is its own character with cute and iconic features, but each is also a distinct puzzle. Folding a MoFU back into the correct cuboid shape so it can perfectly fit back into its box is a brainteasing challenge.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
MoFU emerge from identically shaped boxes, but each transforms into a different animal figure with articulated joints. Elastic bands form the animals' tendons and ligaments, allowing maximum transformability and infinite possible poses. The toys are figurines, but they are also puzzles with varying degrees of difficulty. Folding them back into the correct cuboid shape so that they can fit back into their boxes ranges from simple for a child hippo to difficult for an adult monkey.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
MoFU project development started in Brooklyn, NY in April 2018. The first animal, a pig, was created in May 2018; the monkey was finished in September 2018; the tiger in December 2018, the hippo in March 2019, and the giraffe in Jun 2019.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
MoFU are 3D-printed using 100% recycled PET plastic from water bottles using selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing. The 3D-printed pieces of the toy are united by elastic bands which run through the center of each piece. The pieces are finished with polyshot surfacing and deep-dye coloring for safe use by children and maximum lifespan.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
85mm x 70mm x 60mm when folded in their 3D-printed boxes and at their most compact. Dimensions change with various poses. The maximum possible height is the fully unfolded giraffe at 370mm, and the minimum possible height is a fully recumbent monkey at 35mm.

TAGS:
Toys, Animals, Ecology, Recycled, Plastic, Geometric, Abstract, Transforming, Brainteaser, Puzzle

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Each piece of each toy had to be precisely shaped to fit with its neighboring piece like a 3D jigsaw puzzle. Pieces that approximate parts of an animal body must also be folded and nestled in a specific way, fitting perfectly together to revert to a cuboid shape. Finding the perfect tension of the elastic bands was difficult as the pieces must freely rotate and fold, but not be at all loose. The holes bored for the bands had to be precise to the half-millimeter for the toy to function properly.

CHALLENGE:
I had to think about the shape of each piece very carefully and how it could fit with its neighboring piece like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. Additionally all of the pieces had to be folded together into the rectangular shape of their box.

ADDED DATE:
2020-02-24 23:28:58

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Photgrapes by Yoshiaki Ito, Video by Aria Wetzler and Yana Birykova

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Yoshiaki Ito

Visit the following page to learn more: http://mofu.toys
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
MoFU

PROFILE:
MoFU (Mighty Omega Folding Universe) is a brand of transforming animal puzzle toys developed and created in Brooklyn by award-winning product designer Yoshiaki Ito. MoFU poseable puzzle toys are currently at a prototype stage until the project becomes fully funded, produced, and distributed. Currently there are five animals developed, with plans for many more. MoFU builds on Japanese traditions of transformation through folding, combined with a sleek Brooklyn design aesthetic using abstracted geometric shapes to form the figures. MoFU are scheduled to be available for purchase in 2021.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Mofu Mighty Omega Folding Universe Puzzle Toy by Yoshiaki Ito is a Nominee in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Mofu Mighty Omega Folding Universe Puzzle Toy by Yoshiaki Ito is Winner in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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