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Review Article

Accommodating Thickness in Origami-Inspired Engineered Systems

[+] Author and Article Information
Robert J. Lang

Lang Origami, Alamo, California, USA
robert@langorigami.com

Kyler Tolman

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 84602
kylertolman@gmail.com

Erica Crampton

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 84602
ebcrampton@gmail.com

Spencer P Magleby

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 84602
magleby@byu.edu

Larry L Howell

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo UT 84602
lhowell@byu.edu

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4039314 History: Received September 30, 2016; Revised February 21, 2017

Abstract

Origami has served as the inspiration for a number of engineered systems. In most cases, they require non-paper materials where material thickness is non-negligible. Foldable mechanisms based on origami-like forms present special challenges for preserving kinematics and assuring non-self-intersection when the thickness of the panels must be accommodated. Several design approaches for constructing thick origami mechanisms by beginning with a zero-thickness origami pattern and transforming it into a rigidly foldable mechanism with thick panels are reviewed. The review includes existing approaches and introduces new hybrid approaches. The approaches are compared and contrasted and their manufacturability analyzed.

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Topics: Kinematics , Design
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