Publication

Programming and Controlling Self-Folding Robots

AbstractThis paper describes a robot in the form of a self-folding sheet that is capable of origami-style autonomous folding. We describe the hardware device we designed and fabricated. The device is a sheet with a box-pleated pattern and an integrated electronic substrate and actuators. The sheet is programmed and controlled to achieve different shapes using an idea called sticker programming. We describe the sticker controller and its instantiation. We also describe the algorithms for programming and controlling a given sheet to self-fold into a desired shape. Finally we present experiments with a 4 × 4 hardware device and an 8×8 hardware device.

Download publication

Related Resources

See what’s new.

Publication

2023

Leveraging Graph Neural Networks for Graph Regression and Effective Enumeration Reduction

Graph-based framework represents aspects of optimal thermal management…

Publication

2022

Harnessing Game-Inspired Content Creation for Intuitive Generative Design and Optimization

A multi-scale generative design model that adapts the Wave Function…

Article

2023

Research Conversations with Stefanie Pender

Senior Shop Supervisor Stefanie Pender talks about working with robots…

Publication

2012

Progress towards Multi-Criteria Design Optimisation using DesignScript with SMART Form, Robot Structural Analysis and Ecotect Building Performance Analysis

Important progress towards the development of a system that enables…

Get in touch

Something pique your interest? Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about Autodesk Research, our projects, people, and potential collaboration opportunities.

Contact us