In recent years, as space structures have become large and require higher accuracy, composite honeycombs, which can reduce weight and have low thermal expansion, are in increasing demand. As observed in the design of antenna reflectors and rocket bodies, both flat and 3D-shaped cores are used in this field. However, these special honeycombs have high manufacturing costs and limited applications. This study illustrates a new strategy to fabricate arbitrary cross-section honeycombs with applications of advanced composite materials. These types of honeycombs are usually manufactured from normal flat honeycombs by curving or carving, but the proposed method enables us to construct objective shaped honeycombs directly. The authors first introduce the concept of the kirigami honeycomb, which is made from single flat sheets and has periodical slits resembling origami. In previous studies, honeycombs having various shapes were made using this method, and were realized by only changing folding line diagrams (FLDs). In this study, these 3D kirigami honeycombs are generalized by numerical parameters and fabricated using a newly proposed FLD design method, which enables us to draw the FLD of arbitrary cross-section honeycombs. Next, the authors describe a method of applying this technique to advanced composite materials. Applying the partially soft composite techniques, folding lines are materialized by silicon rubber hinges on carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Complex FLD patterns are then printed using masks on carbon fabrics. Finally, these foldable composites that are cured in corrugated shapes in autoclaves are folded into honeycomb shapes, and some typical samples are shown with their FLDs.

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