Friday, March 17, 2017

Origami in High Tech

origami dragon

The Japanese tradition of folding paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. Folding is a natural phenomena. Leaves fold, wings fold and flowers fold. Folded paper can actually support great weight because the weight can be distributed across a surface.

Robert Lang is a physicist who worked with lasers at NASA. He has 46 patents on optoelectronics. He's best known for his intricate origami designs, and the principles of origami folding apply in engineering. His scientific approach helps him make folds once thought impossible. Each of Lang's origami creations is the result of software that Lang pioneered. Thousands of mathematical calculations are needed to produce a "folding map" of a single creature. Watch this video.

Tips for doing origami projects: 
Print and cut out patterns carefully.
Fold with clean, dry hands.
Follow the instructions.
Study the diagrams and be patient.
Fold each crease precisely, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold. Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.

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