Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Kiju Lee combining origami with robotics. Thinking outside the box...

Assistant Professor Kiju Lee and her team have developed 3-D-printed models of robots that bend, contract, twist and extend. This robot, named TWISTER (TWISted TowEr Robot), was inspired by an origami twisted tower designed by Japanese artist Mihoko Tachibana. Starting with paper-folded structures similar to origami, Lee's team added three small towers to the larger tower to enable the robot to grab and move objects more delicately. 

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