The National Science Foundation awarded the Compliant Mechanisms Research Group to use compliant mechanism principles to translate origami-based discoveries into engineered systems that achieve desired behaviors.
The award is in response to a CMR proposal to NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, under the research area Origami Design for the Integration of Self-assembling Systems for Engineering Innovation (ODISSEI). Research in this area could potentially lead to advances in applications such as highly compact mechanisms (e.g., medical implants, electronics equipment, and aerospace components), collapsible devices that are compact during transport and deployed at the location of operation (e.g., surgical devices, space mechanisms, and search and rescue systems), and applications with limited manufacturing processes available (e.g., microelectromechanical systems and cost-sensitive applications). The interdisciplinary team includes Larry Howell (CMR), Spencer Magleby (CMR and Associate Dean), Denise Halverson (Mathematics), David Morgan (Industrial Design), Lisa Barrager (Director of Women’s programs for the college), Robert Lang (Lang Origami), and Paul Anderson (BYU Museum of Art).
Additional Information about this grant and the abstract of this proposal can be found here.