Industrial Curvilinear Origami

The other day I remembered that I have seen curvilinear origami used commercially.  Some earplugs come in little cardboard containers that are folded along curved lines.  These little boxes are stronger and more simple than rectangular ones

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Here is another (less noble) application:

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Now if that’s not an all-american application of mathematics, I don’t know what is.

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