Origami Engineering (to build bridges and stuff, really!)

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I had a really neat “small world” moment yesterday. A family friend, who I’ve known for longer than I can remember, sent me a link to an article about paper engineering. That’s pretty neat, but happens with some frequency since everyone knows I like paper. This particular article, though, happens to feature some really exciting work being done in my home town, at the University of Illinois. They’re using origami folding techniques to prototype structures that can fold down flat for transportation, and then pop up into things like bridges and buildings.

Watch this video to see them in action – it’s totally worth the three minutes of your time!

Watching this makes me want to get my paper out and start playing around with this technique!