Origami Provides Unexpected Inspiration

Russell Mailen shared this May 2017 article by Eric Butterman posted on The American Society of Mechanical Engineers website about BYU engineering professors looking at origami-based engineering design.Origami-Provides-Unexpected-Inspiration_hero
Image: Brigham Young University


Engineering the Perfect Pop

Another great video from the always interesting public radio program, Science Friday!

Originally published on Oct 6, 2016
The following description and credits are from youtube:

Using scissors, tape, and reams of creativity, Matthew Reinhart engineers paper to bend, fold, and transform into fantastic creatures, structures and locales. By adjusting the angles of folds and the depth of layers, Reinhart animates his subjects to tell dramatic stories that literally pop off the page.
Produced by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network
Special Thanks to Matthew Reinhart

Creating The Never-Ending Bloom

I always enjoy listening to Science Friday!

Here is a video produced by the above incredibly, cool public radio show about John Edmark – “an artist, designer and inventor”.

The video was published on April 24, 2017
The description below is from youtube:

John Edmark’s sculptures are both mesmerizing and mathematical. Using meticulously crafted platforms, patterns, and layers, Edmark’s art explores the seemingly magical properties that are present in spiral geometries. In his most recent body of work, Edmark creates a series of animating “blooms” that endlessly unfold and animate as they spin beneath a strobe light.

Produced by Luke Groskin
Filmed by Christian Baker
Music by Audio Network
Additional Stills and Video by
John Edmark
Charlie Nordstrom

The Origami Revolution

Alan sent us a link to a new NOVA broadcast called THE ORIGAMI REVOLUTION, which originally aired February 15, 2017 on PBS. You can watch the full program online.

The description from NOVA’s website:

The centuries-old tradition of folding two-dimensional paper into three-dimensional shapes is inspiring a scientific revolution. The rules of folding are at the heart of many natural phenomena, from how leaves blossom to how beetles fly. But now, engineers and designers are applying its principles to reshape the world around us—and even within us, designing new drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. With this burgeoning field of origami-inspired-design, the question is: can the mathematics of origami be boiled down to one elegant algorithm—a fail-proof guidebook to make any object out of a flat surface, just by folding? And if so, what would that mean for the future of design? Explore the high-tech future of this age-old art as NOVA unfolds “The Origami Revolution.”