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 Two Cube Folding Puzzles (Posted on 2007-12-18)
How can a 2x4 rectangle be cut (and still remain in one piece) and be able to be folded into a 1x1x1 cube?

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 Solutions which don't cut | Comment 3 of 6 |
The previous two solutions do satisfy the problem.

If someone wanted a solution which is more free standing (rather than just a covering of a cube), then here is one solution each which doesn't fold along the grid lines (and doesn't cut at all)

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If one makes right angles with the folds between the 1x1 squares, (to form a tube shape) and then folds the flaps down from left to right (tucking the last one in), it makes a cube. (The flaps form the top and bottom of the cube.)

For the 3x3
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The following greek cross can be contained in the 3x3 sheet with a little border (about 1/5 inch) The five squares shown form the bottom and sides of the cube, (push each of the side triangles against a side) and the corner flaps can be folded and tucked in a similar manner from the previous folding. (A little bit of the corner on each corner will need to be folded over though before doing this.)

 Posted by Gamer on 2007-12-19 00:52:15

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