Sacrificial joints, mechanical engineering, compliant Mechanisms, Origami
Folding is a manufacturing method which can create complex 3D geometries from flat materi- als and can be particularly useful in cost-sensitive or planar-limited fabrication applications.
This paper introduces compliant mechanisms that employ folding techniques from origami to evolve from a flat material to deployed state. We present origami-inspired sacrificial joints, joints which have mobility during assembly of the mechanism but are rigid in their final position, to create regions of high and low stiffness and the proper alignment of compliant flexures in folded mechanisms. To demonstrate the method we fold steel sheet to create some well-known and complex compliant mechanisms.
Original Publication Citation
"Nelson, T.G., Avila, A., Howell, L.L., Herder, J.L., Machekposhti, D.F., “Origami-Inspired Sacrificial Joints for Folding Compliant Mechanisms,” Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 140, pp. 194-210, 2019."
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nelson, Todd G.; Avila, Alex; Howell, Larry L.; Herder, Just L.; and Machekposhtic, Davood Farhadi, "Origami-Inspired Sacrificial Joints for Folding Compliant Mechanisms" (2023). Faculty Publications. 6480.
Science Direct: Mechanism and Machine Theory
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering
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