CMR Lab Creates Origami Kinetic Sculpture for Art Exhibit

Updated: Sep 5, 2018

The CMR has released a video of an origami-inspired kinetic sculpture that was on display at the BYU Museum of Art (MOA) as part of the “Y Origami?” a supplement to "Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami.”

The kinetic sculpture demonstrates a method for designing devices with origami-like motion but using thick materials. The method was co-developed by the CMR and Dr. Robert Lang. Graduate student Michael Morgan led the effort to design and build the sculpture, with the support of numerous other students. During the run of the exhibit, the MOA saw a monthly average of 32,000 visitors. Other research artifacts displayed during the exhibit were a minimally invasive surgery tool, deployable solar panels, a nanoinjector for transgenic research, a two-degree-of-freedom positioner for spacecraft applications, origami-inspired backpacks, and a foldable table. The lab continues research in origami-based engineering.



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