TIM the Beaver v2

(MIT's Mascot)

DesignedMay 2014
Crease PatternYes
InspirationReference - TIM the Beaver v2

After 3+ years, I finally redesigned my TIM the Beaver v1 model. Compared to the first version (which was from 2010, see TIM the Beaver v1), this version uses paper more efficiently, is much easier to fold, is folded from much nicer paper (origamido paper that I have reserved for the redesign of TIM the Beaver v1 for ~3 years), and is a cleaner design overall. Also, unlike v1, v2 can stand up by itself! TIM the Beaver v2 has the more cartoony proportions appropriate for a school mascot character, as opposed to my previous origami representation of TIM which I felt had a head that was too small and limbs that were too long and thin.

During the redesign, I paid special attention to reducing the wasted paper usage around the ears and belly area of the old model. The v2 model retains the aspects that I liked from the v1 model (e.g. the face and tail), and strips away the excess paper between the features. The difference in the crease patterns for v1 and v2 reflect this.

The year 2014 coincides with TIM the Beaver's 100th birthday - TIM the Beaver was born as MIT's mascot on January 1914. This model serves as my present to TIM the Beaver. Happy 100th Birthday, TIM!