This work introduces an integrated fabrication, design, and actuation method for creating functional micro-scale origami. The method enables these active origami to achieve rapid and multi-degrees-of-freedom motions such that they can achieve complex functions. Yi Zhu (Phd Candidate from DRSL), Mayur Birla (PhD Candidate advised by Prof. KR Oldham), Prof. KR Oldham, and Prof. ET Filipov developed this novel fabrication method and conducted experiments to demonstrate the superior capabilities of the system. This work was published on Adv. Funct. Mater. 

An elastically and plastically foldable micro-origami is developed and tested to create controllable and functional 3D shape morphing systems with multiple active degrees-of-freedom. The work demonstrates a versatile design-fabrication-actuation to achieve rapid folding, enhanced control, and function in different atmospheric environments, enabling applications in micro-robots, medical devices, and metamaterials.

See the original paper on Adv. Funct. Mater.

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