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Origami, 3D printing merge to make complex structures in 1 shot

By merging the ancient art of origami with 21st-century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability and strength could have applications in everything from biomedical devices to equipment used in space exploration. Until now, making such structures had involved multiple steps, more than one material and assembly from smaller parts. The researchers used a relatively new kind of 3D printing called Digital Light Processing to create groundbreaking origami structures that are not only capable of holding significant weight, but can also be folded and refolded repeatedly in an action similar to the slow push and pull of an accordion. When a Georgia Tech professor first reported these structures, or "zippered tubes," in 2015, they were made of paper and required gluing. In the current work, the zippered tubes -- and complex structures made out of them -- are composed of one plastic (a polymer) and do not require assembly.

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