Paper Craft as Inspiration For The Future

The origami world has tons of ideas, mechanisms, and structures which scientists and engineers can draw inspiration from for their research and studies. The scientists and engineers can make use of mathematical tools that help show how the artistic design of the origami can be used to create brand new folding structures that can help figure out the solution to problems they couldn’t solve before. When using origami, you can build structures that can be folded up for ease of transportation and storage. Each origami piece has an intricate method of folding, and that is what scientists and engineers can use to create mechanical systems that are more complex in regards to the movements that they can perform with one motor. This article will tell you about a few amazing inventions that came from scientists and engineers that used origami as an inspiration.

Foldable Bulletproof Shield

The police usually use bulletproof shields that weigh almost a hundred pounds or more, and they can only protect a single person. Fortunately, in Brigham Young University, there was a team of engineers that designed a shield that was wider and lighter, which could be folded small enough into a shape that could fit into your car’s trunk. The bulletproof shield weighed less than the average bulletproof shield, and it still was as good at protecting people from bullets.

Foldable Bulletproof Shield
Foldable Bulletproof Shield

The bulletproof shield was inspired by origami, and the way it folded was inspired from a design that was almost a hundred years old. The team of engineers had to do a few tweaks to the design to make sure the bulletproof fabric could fold like a piece of paper. They merged sturdy panels with the material, and the hinges of the shield were the soft areas that were in between the panels.

Minuscular Ingestible Robots

There are researchers at MIT that have come up with a minuscule robot, which was inspired by origami, that fits inside a pill. When the robot is inside a human body, it’s programmed to unravel and move through the body; thanks to magnets from outside the human body. The robot can remove a battery from a person’s stomach. The perfection of the device will take years as they need to do testing on animals and humans.

Soft Artificial Muscles

Usually, a robot will have a body that’s rigid and their movements are jerky, which has a chance that it could harm a nearby person. A team of researchers from Harvard was inspired by origami when they sought to create soft artificial robot muscles.

Soft Artificial Muscles
Soft Artificial Muscles

 The soft artificial muscles are composed of skeletons that are folded and encased inside of a sac filled with fluid. When the fluid-filled sacs get a vacuum applied to them, the skeletons will collapse consistently, which makes it so the muscle can contract like a real one. The soft artificial muscles aren’t perfect yet as they are still being developed, but they have been tested to be able to carry a thousand times of their weight.

Written by

Loran