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Origami-inspired “zippered tubes” create super strong structures that fold down flat

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Taking inspiration from origami is nothing new. Kayaks, furniture, museums, and space-based solar panels have all been inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. The latest origami creation could have applications everything from nano medicine to of




 

 

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Taking inspiration from origami is nothing new. Kayaks, furniture, museums, and space-based solar panels have all been inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. The latest origami creation could have applications for everything from nano medicine to space exploration. Researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo have created a “zippered tube” from folding paper that is flexible enough to fold, but stiff enough to support weight. By zippering two tubes together, the team found that they could create a structure that was difficult to twist or bend, but also folds entirely flat.

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