Featuring Physics and Astronomy Professor Randall Kamien, Engineering with a Side of Origami

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite’s solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay.

In a new study, the researchers lay out the rules for folding and cutting a hexagonal lattice into a wide variety of useful three-dimensional shapes. The study was conducted by Toen Castle, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the School of Arts & SciencesRandall Kamien, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy; and Shu Yang, a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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