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4D Origami by Smart Embroidery

4D Origami by Smart Embroidery
Xianqiao Wang, Mir Jalil Razavi, Leonid Ionov, Georgi Stoychev
There exist many methods for processing of materials: extrusion, injection molding, fibers spinning, 3D printing, to name a few. In most cases, materials with a static, fixed shape are produced. However, numerous advanced applications require customized elements with reconfigurable shape. The few available techniques capable of overcoming this problem are expensive and/or time-consuming. Here, the use of one of the most ancient technologies for structuring, embroidering, is proposed to generate sophisticated patterns of active materials, and, in this way, to achieve complex actuation. By combining experiments and computational modeling, the fundamental rules that can predict the folding behavior of sheets with a variety of stitch-patterns are elucidated. It is demonstrated that theoretical mechanics analysis is only suitable to predict the behavior of the simplest experimental setups, whereas computer modeling gives better predictions for more complex cases. Finally, the applicability of the rules by designing basic origami structures and wrinkling substrates with controlled thermal insulation properties is shown. One of the most ancient structuring technologies, embroidery, is applied to a completely new set of materials to generate active patterns for directed operation. Simple contraction/elongation of shape-memory fibers is transformed into complex and controlled movement of a substrate.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700213

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