Do you hope to see Iron Man inspired mechanical gadgets in action one day? A new study has helped scientists close the gap on the imaginary genius, Tony Stark.
According to study published in Science Robotics, ‘developable mechanism’ similar to missiles that pop out of Iron Man’s arms can become a ground reality soon. This new research claims that these mechanisms can operate with complex 3-D shapes without wear and tear in the original material.
One can ideally deploy these important applications and retreat them by folding it back. This technology holds huge potential in space, medical, defense, and automobile industry. These mechanisms can make way for extremely compact devices in the near future.
In the medical industry, these mechanisms could be fitted into surgical instruments todissect and shed light during minimally invasive procedures.
Similarly, storage areas in automobiles, as well as airplanes, can take up partial space in fuel tanks and emerge, only when required.
Origami Engineering Continues to Inspire Scientists
According to the paper published, the study was inspired by Origami-based engineering. Earlier, Origami led engineering has created advanced solar arrays for NASA and, bulletproof barriers for police officers.
The researchers furthered these mechanisms with curved origami principles. Combining the new origami technique with mathematics, allowed them to design more complex machines.
The mechanisms are developed by a team from the University of Southern Indiana, BYU, and Lang Origami.
The team of scientists hopes their work will inspire others to make the world a better place.