Prismatic geometries published in Nature

Today our work was published in Nature. Inspired by the structural diversity and foldability of the prismatic geometries that can be constructed using the snapology origami technique, we introduce a robust design strategy based on space-filling tessellations of polyhedra to create three-dimensional reconfigurable materials comprising a periodic assembly of rigid plates and elastic hinges.

Guided by numerical analysis and physical prototypes, we systematically explore the mobility of the designed structures and identify a wide range of qualitatively different deformations and internal rearrangements. Given that the underlying principles are scale-independent, our strategy can be applied to the design of the next generation of reconfigurable structures and materials, ranging from metre-scale transformable architectures to nanometre-scale tunable photonic systems.

As such, we introduce an algorithm allowing the rational design of origami-inspired materials that can be rearranged to change their properties. Paving the way to strategies for making reconfigurable robots.

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