Physics Colloquium: The physics of self-folding origami

Prof. Christian Santangelo, UMass Amherst

Origami is known as an ancient art form in which flat sheets of paper are folded into intricate, three dimensional shapes. In recent years, however, it has also become a tool for advanced manufacturing in which an initially flat substrate “folds itself” into a complex three dimensional shape. In this talk, I will describe some of these recent advances in fabrication that have enabled this revolution, describe our recent work on how origami structures fold and mis-fold and how their geometry controls their mechanical properties. Finally, I will highlight some of the mysteries remaining to be understood in this field.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 3:15pm

Regents Hall, 109
3700 O St. NW

Event Type

Academic Events


Students, Faculty/Staff


Georgetown College, Physics




Prof. Christian Santangelo, UMass Amherst

Event Contact Name

Peter Olmsted

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