DIY Metamaterials from Origami

In the paper Origami – inspired Cellular Metamaterial with Anisotropic Multistability

we create a family of origami-inspired cellular metamaterials which can be programmed to have various stability characteristics and mechanical responses in three independent orthogonal directions. … Our study provides a platform to design programmable three-dimensional metamaterials significantly broadening the application envelope of origami.


Metamaterials have interesting behaviors: they interact with waves (sound, light, radio) in interesting ways, and/or have weird mechanical properties (e.g. non-newtonian).

And, I’ve forgotten the term for “expands one way when compressed in the other”. What is it?

How can this work be generalized for more kinds of behavior?

1 thought on “DIY Metamaterials from Origami”

  1. […] Alan shared a paper about origami metamaterials, based in a form called Miura-Ori, which is basically a grid of parallelograms. The paper talks about how to construct origami metamaterials that are stable in certain planes, which could be relevant for my research into instability. (Alan’s post, with a link to the paper: […]


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