Engineering with Origami

Origami is inspiring a plethora of new engineering designs. Try yourself:
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Dr. Robert Lang
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On first glance it's surprising that origami -- a centuries old art of folding paper to achieve particular aesthetics -- is applicable to engineering. But upon closer consideration there are a lot of reasons methods developed for paper folding are also applicable to engineering: origami allows you to take a flat sheet of material and convert it to almost any shape only by folding. Plus for large flat structures, origami provides a way of shrinking dimensions while ensuring simply deployment - this is particularly useful for solar arrays in space applications. Furthermore, motions designed to take advantage of the flexibility of paper can also be used to form compliant mechanisms for engineering like the kaleidocycle. Since the principles of origami are scalable, mechanisms can also be dramatically miniaturized.
Some of the work shown is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under Grant No. EFRI-ODISSEI-1240417. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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Edited by
Jonny Hyman, Isaac Frame, and Derek Muller
Music by
Jonny Hyman


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    Mark JohnsonDitë më parë

    Too bad math is racist now because this had a lot of potential.

  • KilinW
    KilinW2 ditë më parë

    Your “Hmm” make me so uncomfortable..

  • Daniel D
    Daniel D2 ditë më parë

    Amazing. The fact that all of this, all the math, everything out in the world that has ever been created by humans have ACTUALLY been created by humans. Not some super natural being, the human mind. Blows my mind. The human mind it's self tho, that's a creation that could only be achieved by a level of intelligence with an infinite amount of knowledge and insight into all the laws and rules of the space in which we live

  • Gabi Koonings
    Gabi Koonings2 ditë më parë

    The last few years we've also seen many of those flip up and fold out story books with huge hbuildings and numerous animals inside that sometimes also have tabs to move or animate them and more simple stuff as well. It's pretty awesome how much you can get done that way, but man is it difficult to come up with often. They're pretty intense long lasting projects often.

  • Michael
    Michael2 ditë më parë

    Why is it so useful in engineering? It transforms a big object into a small one. Check and check mate.

  • Jordan Greenhut
    Jordan Greenhut3 ditë më parë

    Yeah lol learning the math of origami. Nope.

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    veritasium: how much "hmm!" should I say? veritasium: *y e s*

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    bcantero894 ditë më parë

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    Some people never grow up and I'm glad!

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    So Origami is not we add in Domino's Pizza?

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    Mensa X6 ditë më parë

    I knew all those paper airplanes I folded and threw in classes had worth to it

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    I could listen all day long to people like Mr. Lang that are so enthusiastic about a subject and can explain complex things so well.

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    Pretty sure it's the kevlar that stopped the bullet, not the origami.

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    BRYAN ROBERT AUGUST THUL18 ditë më parë

    Like origami can be folded from a base to 3D, more. An analogy (for my newest posts) the piece of paper being the base. Like spacetime base. Folds into everything in realities.(Universes) Do get it?...🤔🤨😉😇🌞.

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    Acoustics Unheard !20 ditë më parë

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    21 ditë më parë

    h m m mm m mm m m. m

  • RGP - Random Gameplay
    RGP - Random Gameplay22 ditë më parë

    In the future, arogami can be used to make Transformers

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    20 ditë më parë

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    Ravin Singh24 ditë më parë

    If a 2d paper sheet can be folded using mathematical laws in any 3d object, does it mean we can find mathematical laws to fold 3d objects in higher dimensions?

  • person


    21 ditë më parë

    no because they would clash into itself

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  • Lynne Dunn
    Lynne Dunn24 ditë më parë

    This is really cool art,!! But it's much more then can be used to save lives...this is what impressed me most of all!! Thank you!! I have always admired this skill and the mathsmatics involved. Thank you.❤️‼️

  • Soror Tamori
    Soror Tamori24 ditë më parë

    I love so much about Japanese life and culture. I think we could learn a lot from ancient practices reimagined for modern problems. Nothing new under the sun, only our understanding and applications that expand. This video was great. Thanks!

  • marccas10
    marccas1024 ditë më parë

    Not many people know that the literal translation of Origami in English is "no girlfriend".

  • person


    21 ditë më parë

    what no

  • marccas10
    marccas1024 ditë më parë

    Ha? 1D into 3D bit like us then?

  • marccas10


    21 ditë më parë

    @person I stand corrected.

  • person


    21 ditë më parë

    2D into 3D. its a paper not a line

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    nixgraffix24 ditë më parë

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  • The_Rat_King
    The_Rat_King25 ditë më parë

    Him: Spends seven years making a origami cactus Also Him: You can make a flat sheet into something else with relative ease

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  • Ck digital The Q of 6th
    Ck digital The Q of 6th26 ditë më parë

    Origami wasn't too popular when invetion of objects were not able to get flatter and smaller, so now, modernly, its now a very effective technic to expland these mini devices to mimic large. Even electrons and smaller than, have a oragami segment point position gap from each other.

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    samlali youssef28 ditë më parë

    soooo Transformers are just origami, and they could actually exist "Mind Blown!!!!"

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