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Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they form the word, "origami." It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations. Origami involves the creation of two dimensional and three dimensional paper forms usually entirely by folding. Animals, birds, fish, geometric shapes, puppets, toys and masks are among the models that even very young children can learn to make in just one sitting.

The art of making paper from pulp originated in China in the year 102A.D. Paper then became more available to the masses. The secret of making paper was kept in China for several hundred years and finally made its way through Korea and into Japan. A Buddhist monk is said to have carried this secret .The introduction of paper making to Japan several hundred years later coincided with the development of their religion and soon became part of the lives of its people. 

Origami became popular outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami.

The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper, but modern origami uses different paper dimensions and shapes.

Origami shapes and designs are used primarily for the indoors as ornaments for decorative purposes.  Since the paper that is traditionally used is very thin origami designs cannot be used for functional or utilitarian purposes.

Here at Stand Innovations we try to change many of the conventions by using much stronger, durable, tear proof and waterproof papers, thereby allowing our designs and that of others, to be used as functional and utilitarian objects for the indoors and for the outdoors.

If 3D printing enables the creation of functional products digitally within hours per model, the types of papers we use enables the creation of many functional and useful origami designs by hand in minutes.

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