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Origami-based Reconfigurable Systems

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Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, allows the reshaping of planar materials or structures into intricate three-dimensional architectures. Origami-based reconfigurable systems enable various deformations and motions that can be applied to engineering fields including morphing structures, soft robotics, and biomedical devices.

Spinning-enabled Wireless Amphibious Origami Millirobot, Nature Communications (2022)

Amphibious origami millirobot utilizes spinning-enabled locomotion for navigation capability in various on-ground and in-water environments with controlled delivery of liquid medicine and targeted solid cargo transportation functions

Soft Robotic Origami Crawler, Science Advances (2022)

A small-scale origami crawler is developed based on a four-unit Kresling origami assembly by magnetic actuation with the capabilities of crawling in confined space, fast steering, and drug storage and release

Stretchable origami robotic arm with omnidirectional bending and twisting, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2021)

Inspired by the soft-bodied cephalopod biosystem, we engineer origami robotic arms to achieve multimodal deformations that integrate stretching, folding, omnidirectional bending, and twisting

Untethered control of functional origami microrobots with distributed actuation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2020)

A magnetically responsive origami system is developed, possessing distributed, untethered control capabilities for integrating actuation, sensing, and computing