With heat, flat polymer folds into satellite ‘dish’

Creating satellites that could travel flat and transform themselves into a dish shape would make space exploration easier, say researchers.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Feb. 8, 2021 ~5 min

Curved origami offers a creative route to making robots and other mechanical devices

Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.

Zirui Zhai, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

Engineers bring surgical robots down to microscale size

In a collaboration between Harvard and Sony, engineers have brought surgical robotics down to the microscale by creating a new, origami-inspired miniature manipulator to improve precision and control.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

Teeny robots get a speed boost from origami folding

Origami has inpsired a new kind of microbot that can fold itself. It could be useful in fields like medical equipment and infrastructure sensing.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

‘Protein origami’ forms 2D triangles and squares

Thanks to its toughness, "protein origami" could be useful in drug delivery, sensing, or other applications.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Aug. 1, 2019 ~5 min

Kirigami ‘ribbons’ reveal microscopic twists in tissue

A paper cutting method called kirigami can spin terahertz rays in real time to peer into biological tissue, report researchers.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2019 ~6 min

‘Origami’ metamaterial softens impact forces

Landing is stressful on a rocket's legs because they must handle the force of the impact with the landing pad. A new origami metamaterial could help.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
June 4, 2019 ~4 min

Harvard researchers look toward nature to beat cancer

Every year, more than 18 million people around the world are told, “You have cancer.” In the U.S., nearly half of all men and more than one-third of women will develop some kind of cancer during their lifetimes, and 600,000-plus die from it annually. Despite the billions of dollars and countless new treatments that have […]

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
March 1, 2019 ~24 min

Origami and 3D printing merge to make complex stuff easily

A new technique that merges the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology could one day be useful for biomedical devices and space exploration.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Oct. 24, 2018 ~5 min