This paper describes a method for manufacturing complex three-dimensional curved structures by self-folding layered materials. Our main focus is to first show that the material can cope with curved crease self-folding and then to utilize the curvature to predict the folding angles. The self-folding process employs uniform heat to induce self-folding of the material and shows the successful generation of several types of propellers as a proof of concept. We further show the resulting device is functional by demonstrating its levitation in the presence of a magnetic field applied remotely.
Folding Angle Regulation by Curved Crease Design for Self-Assembling Origami Propellers
Manuscript received August 15, 2014; final manuscript received January 7, 2015; published online February 27, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Aaron M. Dollar.
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Miyashita, S., DiDio, I., Ananthabhotla, I., An, B., Sung, C., Arabagi, S., and Rus, D. (May 1, 2015). "Folding Angle Regulation by Curved Crease Design for Self-Assembling Origami Propellers." ASME. J. Mechanisms Robotics. May 2015; 7(2): 021013. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4029548
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