Deployable folding enclosures for robotic manufacturing processes

  unfolding of a beech leaf © Chair of Structures and Structural Design  


The utilization of foldable rigid panel systems in architecture and structural engineering is noteworthy due to their inherent robustness, self-supporting qualities, and their compactness. These systems offer the potential for developing enclosed protected spaces that cater to specific functions. This project presents a cutting-edge transformable spherical folding enclosure system that utilizes an automated design process to adapt various origami patterns to target geometries. By leveraging optimization techniques, we have adapted the "Chicken Wire" origami pattern to create a semirigid, spherical-shaped enclosure that aligns with the workspace of an industrial robotic arm.


DFG Project (289387994), in collaboration with iMSE and IGMR