Engineering with Origami

Origami is inspiring a plethora of new engineering designs. Try yourself:
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On first glance it's surprising that origami -- a centuries old art of folding paper to achieve particular aesthetics -- is applicable to engineering. But upon closer consideration there are a lot of reasons methods developed for paper folding are also applicable to engineering: origami allows you to take a flat sheet of material and convert it to almost any shape only by folding. Plus for large flat structures, origami provides a way of shrinking dimensions while ensuring simply deployment - this is particularly useful for solar arrays in space applications. Furthermore, motions designed to take advantage of the flexibility of paper can also be used to form compliant mechanisms for engineering like the kaleidocycle. Since the principles of origami are scalable, mechanisms can also be dramatically miniaturized.
Some of the work shown is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under Grant No. EFRI-ODISSEI-1240417. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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  1. Outl4w


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    this guy could legit decipher a crop circle into origami

  2. 별난애벌레


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    korean plz

  3. Carolina Cruz

    Carolina Cruz

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    Derek yo not using Instagram ? ... excuse me for my english, but i from Colombia... speak spanish...

  4. QuangTrung


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  5. ビッグバンバッグビン


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    おれぇがぁみぃ…( ˊ̱˂˃ˋ̱ )

  6. Ross Ward

    Ross Ward

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    I've got a question for you that may be simple to some but I can't wrap my head around it if we mix paints like black and white we get a greyish colour we know white reflects light while black absorbs it well what does gray do if it was to absorb and reflect light shouldn't it just show a colour on the light spectrum and why isn't grey a colour you can create with wavelengths

  7. Гарри Смит

    Гарри Смит

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    Hey, tomorrow at 7 pm Moscow time I wil see your interview with Vert Deider! Thanks for your channel and for not blocking translations of your videos, I really love to watch your videos in my native language!

  8. elida rocio gonzales flores

    elida rocio gonzales flores

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    para descargar juegos de niño

  9. Wiggly Bear

    Wiggly Bear

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    Is that robert langdon from da vinci code written by dan brown

  10. Кирилл


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    Сделай русские субтитры пожалуйста)

  11. Brog Unity

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  12. rahul kumar

    rahul kumar

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    I want a book for this technology

  13. 林檎


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    Any questions? By Japanese.

  14. David Wührer

    David Wührer

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    This is veritable genius. An algebra for origami! And algorithms to go with it! Origami is now a programming language. They already use it to build microscopic robots. I am tempted to attempt to build a computer out of paper, but I realise that I have yet to learn a lot more about the art of paper folding than my previous forays prepared me for. But seeing (or rather: not seeing) this flapping bird the size of dust makes me want to immanentise the gray goo scenario. It's like the ideas of al-Jazari, Leonardo da Vinci, Wolfgang von Kempelen, and Norbert Wiener culminating by coming together with the ideas of people I hadn't previously heard of. I want to know more!

  15. Steam Juggler

    Steam Juggler

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    When anyone mention anything about material and science it's safe.

  16. Ornessar Hithfaeron

    Ornessar Hithfaeron

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    Him: A caleidocycle Me, an intellectual: hexaflexagon

    • Stuart Hector

      Stuart Hector

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      Hexaflexagon is the 2D version

  17. Robert Reitze

    Robert Reitze

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    We need a Derek "Hm" Compilation get on it!

  18. Up Late

    Up Late

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    ... and now, a folding electric car... Anyone else want to see what these guys can do with foldable touch screens?

  19. Stas Krapis

    Stas Krapis

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    Студия Vert Dider переводит ваши ролики. Большие молодци. Если бы вы с ними сотрудничали вплотную милиона бы 2-3 русскоговорящих людей, на вас бы подписались.

  20. Stas Krapis

    Stas Krapis

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    Очень онтересная информация. Я об этом даже не думал. И не знал.

  21. Michael Enquist

    Michael Enquist

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    Ah, you made a mistake. Economics IS a natural science. It is a related science to ecology. In the ecology, living things try to get the most energy back for the energy they expend. Any living thing that expends more energy than it takes in, it will cease to exist. Ecology studies the ways living things exchange energy. Plants create flowers to attract bees and rewards the energy that the bees expend on pollinating the plants with nectar - energy the bees use to keep their communities going. Trees wrap their seeds in high-energy nuts and reward squirrels with energy they can store, which spreads the seeds much farther than the tree could do by dropping it on the ground. etc. etc. etc. Economics is the study of the same kinds of energy exchanges, but we call the energy "wealth," and we've been tricked into believing that the "rules" that governments create for controlling the exchanges of wealth are the truth about the economy. And yet we see that governments always fail to make the economy work the way they want it to, in the long run, because they ignore the underlying natural laws of energy exchange. But just like it takes more energy to lift water up a hill and fill a pool than you would ever get sending the water down the hill to power a waterwheel, trying to concentrate wealth into smaller and smaller containers costs more and more, until, eventually, the costs of collecting and containing the wealth is greater than the value of what is being collected and contained. This is when human economies collapse - as we are seeing today, all over the world. The myth that the "one percenters" operate under is that they believe they can use the power of governments to collect and contain more and more wealth, depriving the economy of the very energy it needs to operate with and to create wealth in the first place. "Clear-cutting" the economy is exactly as unsustainable as clear-cutting the Amazon forest.

  22. Ahmed Ameeri

    Ahmed Ameeri

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    Your videos are absolutely incredible. Thank you!

  23. VetteTTV12


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    Do another collab with SmarterEveryday covering this topic. I'd love to see his take on it

  24. {Riya akter} Friendship To subscribe

    {Riya akter} Friendship To subscribe

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    lovlye.. like it

  25. JesZ Queen Gaming

    JesZ Queen Gaming

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    In japan they say if you fold a thousand cranes your wish will come true

    • Up Late

      Up Late

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      I would have easily folded over 1000 when I was at school, still waiting for my dream to come true 😢 Maybe if I'd paid attention in class instead of paper folding... 😂

  26. Hardik Dholakiya

    Hardik Dholakiya

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    Meanwhile I am figuring out how many folds needs to make paper plane.

  27. idjfjf kdkdj

    idjfjf kdkdj

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    Could you make a video about ITER ?

  28. aljohani aljohani

    aljohani aljohani

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    الرجاء ترجمة الحلقات الى اللغه العربيه وشكرا لك

  29. Durahl


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    That onehanded folding @16:10 immediately reminded me of the Majors Background Story in GitS:SAC

  30. Ken-Chyan SCHNEIDER

    Ken-Chyan SCHNEIDER

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    何言ってるかわからんが ようするに折り紙すげぇってことか

  31. MC_Matze


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    Veritasium 42.0 hmmmmmm

  32. chinthor


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    I'll see your colidacycle and raise you a handful of ViHeart's (and Arthur H. Stone's, Bryant Tuckerman's, and Richard Feynman's ) Hexaflexagons!

  33. Roza Sap

    Roza Sap

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    Bilding of enjenering

  34. DanBC


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    This video could have been only about origami mathmatics and forget all the engineering stuff and still be incredible!

  35. Esben Gaarsmand

    Esben Gaarsmand

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    Veritasium I'd really like to hear one or more episodes about Biosphere 2 and the research that currently is done there.

  36. Micah Philson

    Micah Philson

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    I thought this wouldn't be super interesting. 2 minutes and a cactus in, I was wrong. So blissfully wrong... That cactus may have changed my life. 4 minutes in with a flexible catheter accordion, and there's no going back. That melted my brain!

  37. Chinmay Murthy

    Chinmay Murthy

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    13:56 How would you code an algorithm to do that?

  38. John Gibbons

    John Gibbons

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    I've noticed you use BYU from time to time. Do you have friends there?

  39. 韓卡爾


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  40. Red Pilled Fox

    Red Pilled Fox

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    Origami! Who knew? 😮

  41. Vladimir Zakharov

    Vladimir Zakharov

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    Согласитесь! Япония самая лучшая цивилизация!!!

  42. Quentin Rufin

    Quentin Rufin

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    Thedrive:com is looking for physicists for commenting the "Compact Fusion Reactor" patent.

    • Quentin Rufin

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  43. Celal Pul

    Celal Pul

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    1 M3 = 10 M3 :D UZAY İSTASYONU (( 2019 ))

  44. grapy


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    Amazing. Keep up the great work.

  45. Vignesh S

    Vignesh S

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    Your mail ID please

  46. Mr. Luigi

    Mr. Luigi

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    This is so cool! I passed the link on to our school's Robotics team. Looking forward to seeing if they can use origami to elegantly solve a design/functionality challenge.

  47. Yasir Irshad

    Yasir Irshad

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    Anyone know where I can research more on this concept of origami infused engineering? Thank you.

  48. Vipul'smashup


    5 dager siden (Cheapest microscope-my video!!)

  49. HDL Angelo

    HDL Angelo

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    #SpaceArche Perfekt , Thank you look in Instagram.

  50. Syfi Freak!!!!!!

    Syfi Freak!!!!!!

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    Cool 😎

  51. Varun


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    Hey hey Big fan from INDIA As a fan and student i want a video and learn about the constants what are they and why are the used ? how the come into play ? what's the history ? Everything about constants......!!! Waiting for the video to be uploaded 😊😊

  52. Budds adventures

    Budds adventures

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    Nice engineer

  53. pbjbagel


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    This seems crazier than quantum mechanics to me. The precision required gives me anxiety just thinking about it.

  54. Феликс Факториал

    Феликс Факториал

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    1:18 я смотрю такой -иголки кактуса из оригами ок.. 1:30 думаю он показивает кактус которым вдохновлялся - СТОП ЭТО НЕ НАСТОЯЩИЙ КАКТУС😱😳😳😳🤯 1:18 I watch this - origami cactus needle ok .. 1:30 I think it shows the cactus that inspired - STOP IT IS NOT A REAL CACTUS😱😳😳😳🤯

  55. Helena Cherubini

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  56. André Francisco

    André Francisco

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    Hey guys!! In my last year of high school Im gonna have to do a physics project like: building a can sized satelite, a Smart Helmet for biking, creating a way of producing leather from eucaliptus peels etc. It somehow needs to be related to physics/chemistrys/environment/social purposes/Health etc. Do you have any ideia?

  57. vanhetgoor


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    At the item about aerodynamics there is a structural mistake. In reality the total surface in the front is the moving object is something to worry about, putting stuf in front that leads the air around is not making the moving object suddenly free of any wind resistance. Putting a flobbedee-floop in front of the train won't make it slide through air like a jet fighter. The elephant does not become a speedy sparrow by adding some flaps.

  58. iamafractal


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    You didn’t touch upon the groundbreaking origami work of David Huffman, especially as it relates to curves and paper tensile strength. I hope you can dedicate a whole episode to him later.

  59. Iggy Peters

    Iggy Peters

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    This is pretty weeb

  60. Alibei Huk

    Alibei Huk

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    Наша КисельТВшная аналоговнетика впереди планеты всей!