Forma, Vol. 18 (No. 3), pp. 187-195, 2003
Original Paper

Deployable Solid: A New Folding Structure

Masayoshi Ebara1* and Ken'ichi Kawaguchi2

1Member of IASS and Japan Society of Civil Engineers, 2-27-1316 Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0052, Japan
2Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505, Japan
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(Received June 10, 2003; Accepted September 3, 2003)

Keywords: Deployable Solid, Foldable Connection, Bi-stable

Abstract. The idea from Japanese traditional Origami is applied to folding of three dimensional structures. A series of foldable structures called deployable solids are presented. Combinations of these assembled structures are investigated and some models are shown. Practical aspects of deployable solids are also discussed.

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