Origami:A science with many applications

by nketas

Origami is the traditional technique of Japanese paper folding. Modern science agrees there’s a lot they couldn’t do with out this ancient art form. Innovations developed in pursuit of the art find application in multiple fields, including applied mathematics and engineering. One application is the use of folding algorithms to pack air bags

Can a piece of paper save your life? You probably don’t know one modern invention was derived from the science of origami, the ancient art of paper folding. “Science, technology, space, automotive, medicine — all these different fields have benefited from origami. Believable?  How can folding papers have these effects?

“There has been some testing that shows that after students have done origami, that they have a higher appreciation or understanding of various mathematical geometric concepts.It’s an ancient science that uses mathematics for modern day miracles. The twists and bends in an origami turtle may just make their way into your cell phone’s circuit board. And how can a paper scorpion actually save your life? The origami algorithms used to fold bugs are the same ones behind the invention of the air bags in our car.

An algorithm that origami artists had come up with for the design of insects was the right algorithm to give the creases for flattening an airbag. So that has now been adopted into airbag simulation code, and presumably automotive engineers are now using those codes to design airbags.Cal Tech says the applications are endless. From consumer programs to the space program, the options have yet to unfold.

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