Applied Mathematics

Using origami memory to encode geometric information in floppy structures

The centuries-old art of origami has found new life in the fields of physics, materials science, and engineering, where it is being used to create new metamaterials whose mechanical and electrical properties depend on the number, location, size and coordination of the origami folds. These properties can be controlled for regardless of the material or absolute scale.

One of the major questions in the field is how to control the mechanical properties, such as rigidity, of the metamaterial by simply varying the pattern of folds.

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