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Folding Angle Regulation by Curved Crease Design for Self-Assembling Origami Propellers

Shuhei Miyashita, Isabella DiDio, Ishwarya Ananthabhotla, Byoungkwon (Kwon) An, Cynthia Sung, Slava Arabagi, Daniela Rus

ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics
2015

Abstract

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.

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