‘Metamorphosis’ material could create transforming structures

Inspired by metamorphosis in nature, a kirigami material creates transforming structures. Could it lead to variable architectures?

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Sept. 10, 2021 ~6 min

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

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

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