Kylie Peppler & Jiangmei Wu

Materials–Based Research Grant


When embroidering and folding fabric into origami tessellation structures, we observed that crafters employ computational concepts to sew and program folding mechanics. The emerging area of soft robotics pneumatic actuators can further be used to animate the origami-like fabric by directly incorporating robotic engineering concepts in the craft practice. Our goals for the materials-based research are (a) to explore new pneumatic actuation design for soft robotic applications driven by fabric origami craft, (b) to develop a computational tool to simulate the sewing, folding, and unfolding of the fabric during the fabric origami craft process, (c) to introduce innovative material practices and computational tools to fabric origami craft practice in studio-based educational settings.




University of Indiana


Fabric Origami: New Materials for Computer Sciences and Mechanical Engineering

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