Pseudo-rigid-body modeling of a single vertex compliant-facet origami mechanism

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Recently, there has been an increased interest in origami art from a mechanism design perspective. The deployable nature and the planar fabrication method inherent to origami provide potential for space and cost-efficient mechanisms. In this paper, a novel type of origami mechanisms is proposed in which the compliance of the facets is used to incorporate the spring behavior: compliant facet origami mechanisms (COFOMs). A simple model that computes the moment characteristic of a single vertex COFOM has been proposed, using a semispatial version of the pseudo-rigid-body (PRB) theory to model bending of the facets. The PRB model has been evaluated numerically and experimentally, showing good performance. The PRB model is a potential starting point for a design tool which would provide an intuitive way of designing this type of mechanisms including their spring behavior, with very low computational cost.

Original languageEnglish
Article number031009
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mechanisms and Robotics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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