An innovative morphing origami-based structure could have applications ranging from solar arrays to crash protection for flying drones.
The unique origami structure created by a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology were inspired by two origami patterns—the Miura and the eggbox. Altering the size of two planes on one side of an origami section allowed a peak and valley fold that works with both flexible and rigid materials, such as paper or metal. The structure can morph between patterns or create a hybrid pattern instantly—which gives it abilities such as sound dampening in concert halls or crash protection for drones.
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