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Foldable Robots Inspired By The Art Of Origami

Engineers create mechanisms that can be flat-packed and morphed into 3D objects.

Yi Chen
Yi Chen on May 23, 2012. @yiiee


Engineers at Purdue University have created robot-like mechanisms that are able to morph into different shapes. The method is called ‘Kaleidogami,’ inspired by origami and the geometrical art found in kaleidoscopes. The technique uses computational algorithms and tools to create foldable structures that connect and morph seamlessly.

Purdue University’s Donald W. Feddersen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, commented that:

The approach represents new geometric algorithms and methods to create works of kinetic, or moving, art. Scientists and engineers are often motivated by the beauty of artistic representations while artists and architectural designers want to harness concepts from science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The discovery could lead to products such as robots, toys and devices that are more ideal for shipping as they can be flat-packed and then later transformed into a 3D shape.

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