Rigid Foldability and Mountain-Valley Crease Assignments of Square-Twist Origami Pattern [article]

Huijuan Feng, Rui Peng, Shixi Zang, Jiayao Ma, Yan Chen
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Rigid foldability allows an origami pattern to fold about crease lines without twisting or stretching component panels. It enables folding of rigid materials, facilitating the design of foldable structures. Recent study shows that rigid foldability is affected by the mountain-valley crease (M-V) assignment of an origami pattern. In this paper, we investigate the rigid foldability of the square-twist origami pattern with diverse M-V assignments by a kinematic method based on the motion
more » ... on path. Four types of square-twist origami patterns are analyzed, among which two are found rigidly foldable, while the other two are not. The explicit kinematic equations of the rigid cases are derived based on the kinematic equivalence between the rigid origami pattern and the closed-loop network of spherical 4R linkages. We also propose a crease-addition method to convert the rigid foldability of the non-rigid patterns. The motion compatibility conditions of the modified patterns are checked, which verify the rigid foldability of the modified patterns. The kinematic analysis reveals the bifurcation behaviour of the modified patterns. This work not only helps to deepen our understanding on the rigid foldability of origami patterns and its relationship with the M-V assignments, but also provides us an effective way to create more rigidly foldable origami patterns from non rigid ones.
arXiv:2003.12921v1 fatcat:kcele27b2ngqha7pfzjzfk5jsm