Research

Research

Our research into the Aesthetics and Language of Folding and Technology was framed by our methodologies (Science into Art, Research through Teaching, Research by Making). Our research topics were designed to discover new knowledge. Our publications aimed to present these works in a non-domain specific way. The only domain specificity is from language related to fundamental folding and origami concepts. However, as we have learned from our extensive literature review, origami as a knowledge domain is increasing. Engineering, Design and Architecture, mathematics of origami and art remain the main disciplines that actively engage with folding as a technique. Some exceptions include activities around biology, including DNA Origami, and movements in Soft Robotics with new areas like Elastomeric Origami, mirror the efforts our research made in 2004 with the concept of Oribotics.


The following covers the themes and associated research published for each theme.



Natural Folding

The starting point in understanding the language of origami was Natural Folding Patterns. These are created as an act of forces applied to the materials causing dimensional change. They are the result of so-called buckling or bifurcation of materials under stress. The fundamental study the syntax of these pattern was made in Fold Mapping, which examines *Natural Folding* by parametric design.



Gardiner, M. (2015). On the Aesthetics of Folding and Technology: Scale, Dimensionality, and Materiality. Origami, 6.

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Gardiner, M. (2018). ORI* The Art and Science of Origami and Technology Volume 1: Works 2015–2017, Matthew Gardiner, ISBN: 9780648407607.

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Fold Mapping

Fold Mapping is a direct extension of Natural Folding. Using industry standard 3D CAD software, and customised plugin software, the team are investigating methods for creating new folded geometries. Using 3D surfaces as inputs for the algorithmic calculations, the team are also seeking methods for producing unfolded, developable, flat 2D geometries for machine fabrication using industry standard machining, such as laser and CNC. See also this page on Fold Mapping including videos and images.



Gardiner, M., Aigner, R., Ogawa, H., & Hanlon, R. (2018). Fold Mapping: Parametric Design of Origami Surfaces with Periodic Tessellations. In 7th Origami Science Mathematics and Eductation Conference. Presented at the 7OSME, Oxford, Great Britain.

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Fold Printing

Fold Mapping gave rise to the need for Fold Printing. Complex folded geometries require new methods for fabrication. The idea of Fold Printing is like 4D Printing in reverse. Instead of wrapping up a folded surface for printing in a small area, we investigate methods for making the fold lines in a material soft, and making the facets rigid. See also this page on Fold Printing including videos and images.



Gardiner, M., Aigner, R., Ogawa, H., Reitböck, E., & Hanlon, R. (2018). Fold Printing: Using Digital Fabrication of Multi-Materials for Advanced Origami Prototyping. In 7th Origami Science Mathematics and Eductation Conference. Presented at the 7OSME, Oxford, Great Britain.

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Soft Robotics

Polymers and Elastomers are designed to allow expansion and contraction in specific zones, allowing the construction of specific geometry muscles. The 'muscles' are then controlled by pneumatic systems. The team investigates new and existing methods for actuation of folded surfaces.



Gardiner, M. (2015). Folding and Unfolding a Million Times over: Longevity, Origami, Robotics and Biomimetics as Material Thinking in Oribotics. Symmetrion, 26(2), 189-202.

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Research

An overview of main research areas broken down into topical areas of interest: Oribotics, Fold Mapping, Fold Printing, and Soft Robotics. A complete list of publication is also available on this page.

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