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This is a living-hinge model with interlinked rings that dramatically spin around the center axis when the panel is folded.
The model spiner.stl has four concentric rings, and spinner2.stl has 8 concentric rings. The hinges are denoted by depressions on one side or the other.
It's easy to lose track of which direction to fold each hing. As a guide, try to fold the middle hinge of each ring so it forms a chevron or "arrowhead" pointing in the direction that the rings spin as the sheet is folded.
The model requires a flexible material like PVC (used here), nylon, or paper. Most hobby printers don't support these materials so I'm working on a rigid 3D-printable model that could be used to cut and emboss ordinary cardstock to achieve the same result.
The following video explains how the hinges are folded to make the model twirl: http://youtu.be/yzMhYPm88WY
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