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Self organized Origami

In Origami, form follows the sequential spatial organization of folds. This requires continuous human intervention and raises a natural question: is it possible to self-organize origami? We answer this affirmatively by examining the physical origin for the complex but ubiquitous Miura-ori leaf-folding patterns which arise in the man-made world as an elegant resolution of the degeneracy inherent in folding a map or the deployment of a space structure, and arise in nature in the context of the packing, unpacking and deployment of leaves, petals and insect wings.


Related Article

  • Self-organized origami,
    L. Mahadevan and S. Rica, Science, 307, 1740, 2005.  Click here for PDF version of article.



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