The Flip Flex

flex name flip
min order 6 (right triangle hexaflexagon)
min sides 5
right triangles yes
non-right triangles yes
no. of pats affected 4
bending or trimming no

The following shows an example of how a flexagon can change as a result of the flip flex.

flip flex transformation

See the octaflexagon page for a video demonstrating this flex. The decaflexagon page has a video with a different example.

The following shows an example of performing this flex on a silver octaflexagon.

flip flex sample

The following strip is for the simplest possible flexagon that supports the flip flex. It requires 10 leaves and 6 pats. The simplest flexagon is a right triangle hexaflexagon. The simplest flexagon made from isosceles triangles that allows this flex is the octaflexagon

Click on the thumbnail to get the full sized version. Cut it out and copy the small numbers onto the back faces. Fold the adjacent pair of 5's together then the adjacent 4's together. Finish by folding together the adjacent pairs of 3's. Tape together the two triangle edges with the dashed lines to make a triangle.

flip flex minimal flexagon

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