Configuration Spaces of Rigid Origami
Project Added: November 18, 2021
Flickr User Wu-Lee
Large Intended Impact Area:Nation
Foundations:National Science Foundation
Configuration Spaces of Rigid Origami explores the intersection between origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, and mathematics to predict how materials fold.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Some origami models are called rigidly flexible origami and have applications that span the physical and biological sciences, ranging from unfolding solar sails to collapsible heart stents. This project adds mathematical tools that allow industrial applications to employ cutting-edge research, from large-scale architectural structures to nano-scale robotics driven by origami mechanics.