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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Origami Is Science

The Origami Code - Scientists Uncover the Power of Folding (Trailer) (+Video)

fact + film [] via Vimeo | 2015

[Blogger's note: If you have access to the Curiosity Stream video service, this week the documentary The Origami Code (2015) is available (~52 mins.). This is a scientific view of origami research in physics, art, biology, manufacturing, with many astounding examples. A free trial for 30 days is available from Curiosity Stream ( One example of a origami spider looks nothing like traditional origami that you saw in school. Origami has changed significantly in recent years to become a full-fledged technology with commercial interests.]
In the last 20 years, the ancient art of folding has gone through a high-speed evolution with an impact in almost every corner of our society.
Mathematicians and computer scientists embraced this field and produced sophisticated, seemingly impossible models like a black forest cuckoo or the Paris cathedral. These origami freaks discovered that with origami they could fold anything, create any 3D object, providing the sheet of paper was large enough.

Source: The Origami Code (2015). Curiosity Stream.

<more at; related articles and links: (Introducing Origami Live. February 24, 2015) and (Origami lab / Tachi Lab website); further: (Origami-structures in nature: lessons in designing “smart” materials. Biruta Kresling. Materials Research Society Proceedings. Volume 1420 (2012). DOI: [Abstract: Origami – the Japanese term for “paper-folding” – in natural structures such as leaves of trees, fructifications and insect organs, has fascinated scientists and designers for over two decades. Technical origami, at the other hand, that focuses on the mechanical and functional properties of deployable lightweight structures, finds its way into the fields of biology, biomechanics and biomimetic engineering.])>

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