Designing a Pop-Up Future

January 28, 2016

Various shapes made from Miura-ori pattern (Image courtesy of Mahadevan Lab)

Origami describes rules for creating folded structures from patterns on a flat sheet, but does not prescribe how patterns can be designed to fit target shapes. In an article in Nature Materials*, Prof. L. Mahadevan and colleagues from SEAS and University of Tokyo describe their use of origami folds, or tessellations, to program curvature for creating various pop-up objects.