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Marcelo Dias is using structural instability in his own research. Photo: Lars Kruse

2018.06.29 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Built on instability

Instability is a common feature in nature. But mankind is not yet really started to reap the benefits of nature's elastic and structural instabilities, that has spawned from eons of evolution.

Much can be learned from the ancient Japanese art form origami, when it comes to designing modern metamaterials. (Photo: Lars Kruse, AU)

2018.06.15 | AU Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering

Centuries-old art form generates completely new materials

Origami. For many people, the word means not much more than skilfully folding paper to resemble swans, frogs or other animals. But origami is much more. There are examples of origami throughout the modern world, but it's likely that you won't notice all the things that are in fact inspired by this 17th century Japanese art form.