The Miura-ori pattern has received much attention in the field of rigid origami and has been shown to possess desirable properties of metamaterials such as negative Poisson’s ratio. Using the basic kinematics of the Miura-ori pattern, Professor Glaucio H. Paulino of Georgia Institute of Technology and Maryam Eidini of the University of Illinois developed a number of patterns that combine Origami (the art of paper folding) and Kirigami (the art of paper cutting) to expand the pattern’s design space while preserving its remarkable properties. The scalability derived from this class of patterns in addition to the tunable geometric configurations can be exploited in a wide range of applications, including mechanical metamaterials and deployable structures of all scales. For example, the idea may be used in dynamic architectural facades where the placement of holes can be controlled to allow light or provide shading as desired.
The work was published in Science Advances on September 18, 2015.
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