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Thick Rigidly Foldable Origami Mechanisms Based on Synchronized Offset Rolling Contact Elements

[+] Author Affiliations
Robert J. Lang

Lang Origami, Alamo, CA

Todd Nelson, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Paper No. DETC2016-59747, pp. V05BT07A016; 20 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5B: 40th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5016-9
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


We present a general technique for achieving kinematic single-degree-of-freedom origami-based mechanisms with thick rigid panels using synchronized offset rolling contact elements. We present general design analysis for planar and 3D relative motions between panels and show physically realized examples. The technique overcomes many of the limitations of previous approaches for thick rigidly foldable mechanisms.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Rolling contact



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