Origami Robot

Self-folding origami robots are cool. This paper one uses layers of paper and heat-activated shape-memory polymer that bends when heated to create structural folds. This origami robot autonomously constructs itself, unlike the awesome Mobee also from Harvard.


▶ Pop-up Fabrication of the Harvard Monolithic Bee (Mobee) – YouTube

Pop-up ‘origami’ microrobotic ‘Monolithic Bee’ is amazing. Uses laser-cut 18 layer laminate of varying materials to create the body, actuators and assembly scaffold that cunningly folds the dragonfly-like robot into shape with the use of tiny printed hinges.

(from 2ne1 via Pop-up dragonfly robot could be the future of business cards – Hack a Day)

Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of “4D printing”

Using self-assembly principles to enable 3D printers to create structures that assemble themselves.

Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of “4D printing” – YouTube.