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How origami inspired engineers to design pop-up bridges, solar arrays and disaster shelters

from Sydney Morning Herald

For most, origami is either a reflective, meditative pastime or a frustrating diversion, depending on your patience and level of skill. Now researchers expect that the ancient Japanese art of paper folding will transform fields as diverse as furniture making, robotics, construction, space exploration and civil engineering. By adapting existing flat, rigid origami into three-dimensional "zippered tubes", engineers are promising a revolution in futuristic construction based on paper, plastics and light metals. more

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