Engineering with Origami

Pubblicato il 4 ott 2019
Origami is inspiring a plethora of new engineering designs. Try yourself:
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On first glance it's surprising that origami -- a centuries old art of folding paper to achieve particular aesthetics -- is applicable to engineering. But upon closer consideration there are a lot of reasons methods developed for paper folding are also applicable to engineering: origami allows you to take a flat sheet of material and convert it to almost any shape only by folding. Plus for large flat structures, origami provides a way of shrinking dimensions while ensuring simply deployment - this is particularly useful for solar arrays in space applications. Furthermore, motions designed to take advantage of the flexibility of paper can also be used to form compliant mechanisms for engineering like the kaleidocycle. Since the principles of origami are scalable, mechanisms can also be dramatically miniaturized.
Some of the work shown is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under Grant No. EFRI-ODISSEI-1240417. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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  • 折り紙は"oligami"じゃなくて"origami"なんだな。

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  • "What are you working on?" "It's complicated"

  • Very cool!

  • 折り紙‼️

  • "the thing that makes origami useful is, it is a way of transforming a flat sheet into some other shape, with relatively little processing" the cactus took 7 years bro....

  • *The Next Revolution........Aerogel Origami.*

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  • I just watch a video where it told the Hubble have not propultion system... I mean, for real?!.. no way it can stay in orbith so long.. wtf?!..

  • Is it possible to apply this on a scooter as a rain cover or on a bike?

  • That's a topic i wish i could also see with the Numberphile approach to these things to look a bit deeper into how it actually breaks down.

  • There were only a handful of patterns 100-200 isn't a handful 😂

  • That inspired me. I try to fold a tiny House, including furnitures, of only one piece of paper 😁. Maybe with the color change, by twisting the side walls😆

  • ジャパニーズオリガミ

  • Muy interesante tus videos. Deberías agregar subtítulos en español. Te lo agradecería

  • ジャパニーズオリガミ!? オーマイゴッド!

  • 日本人最強!! 日本人=神!! ホルホル!!w

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  • 折り紙 おりがみ

  • Тоже ищешь русский комментарий? Согласись - оригами это сила!

  • Makes me eager to learn just what might be the mathematics in the origami of space folding on itself. Very cool.

  • Who else is getting Holographic principle vibes?

  • 折り紙やるやん

  • Origami originated in China in the 1st or 2nd century AD, was introduced to Japan in the 6th century, and spread to Japan through Japan. As a Chinese, I often hear that many things invented in ancient China were said to have been invented by Japan. I can't accept it. There is also a famous sushi in Japan, which was passed from China's coastal areas to Japan in the third century. If sushi is a traditional Japanese food, I can accept it. But many people say that sushi was invented by Japanese people. It is like India. People say that Buddhism originated in India is a truth, this is not right. It is not wrong to learn the merits of other people's culture, but to respect history.

  • Science Blog

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  • Had anyone seen "engineering with organsm" by mistake

  • This 100% looked like more IT-tvs clickbait until I saw Veritasium's name on it.

  • 01:48

  • 7:26 memorizing the steps alone is just amazingly terrifying.. WOW!

  • お・り・が・み

  • 日本の子供たちが遊びで使っていた折り紙が世界中のあらゆる分野で様々な用途で活躍することになるなんて誰が思っただろうか

  • Hi, i am from Argentina. Subtitles in spanish?. Muy buenos videos, but i don't understad

  • Legenda em português

  • 折り紙の技術が応用されてるのか…これはすごい

  • At first I was kind of laughing at him the way he was holding the cactus... Then when he said 7 years I was like 😳

  • Kudos to those mathematicians

  • HI to those who make origami like me!!

  • what the fkkk with that hush sound ? it is rude and disrespecful.

  • You talk about origami, but here is person from japan???

  • 三浦折りだけ大学で習ったな

  • ここで使われているorigamiとやらという言葉は日本人が言ったり聞くところの折り紙とは違いますね(違った形で使われていますね) 日本人が「折り紙」と言うと(または聞くと)必ずなにかしら物質の「紙」のイメージが付随します この動画で使われているorigami(オゥルゥィガァミィ)とやらの言葉は必ずしも紙のイメージが付随していません 紙が出てくる場面も結構ありますが、全体として物質の紙ではなく科学技術の1つの現代的な技術法として使われていますね もちろんその原点は折り紙の技術が基になっているものですが、日本語ではこの技術法をまとめて「折り紙」と呼ぶ言葉の使い方は絶対にしません これを敢えて日本語に訳して「折り紙的技術」とか「折り紙転用科学技術」などと呼ぶのならばわかります とにかく日本人が紙と言うとき(聞くとき)、さらに単語「折り紙」の場合は語尾に紙となっているわけで、それは物質の紙だったり、紙に関するなんらかというのが前提条件なんですよ だからorigami(オゥルゥィガァミィ)と一言で言って人工衛星やロボットの動作を「ホラね」みたいなどや顔しながら見せられても、それ違うからと言いたくなります まあkamiとかgamiという音の響きで物質の紙のイメージが想起されないと難しいものだとは思いますが

  • I still wondering how the hell they manage to make a microscopic origami

  • 日本人として嬉しいね

  • Why are these origami are so satisfying? Add in some classic transformer sfx. Ahh it was one thing now it's another. Perfect!

  • I want korean sub..... plz !!

  • Is there origami that can stop central banks from creating debt out of thin air?

  • You should check out the hardest origami in the world; origami Ryujin designed by Satoshi Kamiya.

  • I see the new IPhone 30 folding screen

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  • what would be possible material that was first ...........x........... like the whole part before big bang i mean what is the first most thing that is formed in the total thing and..... how it was formed this is the question which was striking me for the looooong time.

  • 7年は凄すぎww

  • bruh that folding shield is irl R6

  • It is an amazing transformation of origami. The technology is amazing.

  • Hello from Russia!

  • Me: I wanna learn this and create real world practical stuffs. Veritasium:.... requires a lot of math Me: bye

  • That was incredibly informative! Thank you for this so much. also.... 7 years.... wow.. I would hide that in a heavy duty box too :P

  • me an origami artist for 12 years: They finally recognized they greatness of origami yay!! Scientist: We've been using origami for years already though me: Still veritasium finally put it in his channel now

  • origami??? jongijeobki paper fold