Paper by Martin L. Demaine

Oswin Aichholzer, Michael Biro, Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, David Eppstein, Sándor P. Fekete, Adam Hesterberg, Irina Kostitsyna, and Christiane Schmidt, “Folding Polyominoes into (Poly)Cubes”, International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications, to appear.

We study the problem of folding a polyomino P into a polycube Q, allowing faces of Q to be covered multiple times. First, we define a variety of folding models according to whether the folds (a) must be along grid lines of P or can divide squares in half (diagonally and/or orthogonally), (b) must be mountain or can be both mountain and valley, (c) can remain flat (forming an angle of 180°), and (d) must lie on just the polycube surface or can have interior faces as well. Second, we give all the inclusion relations among all models that fold on the grid lines of P. Third, we characterize all polyominoes that can fold into a unit cube, in some models. Fourth, we give a linear-time dynamic programming algorithm to fold a tree-shaped polyomino into a constant-size polycube, in some models. Finally, we consider the triangular version of the problem, characterizing which polyiamonds fold into a regular tetrahedron.

This paper is also available as arXiv:1712.09317.

The paper is 30 pages.

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