Origami Inspired Design

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Robert Lang

Robert Lang is a physicist who worked for NASA studying lasers but the thing he is known best for is his origami work. His origami work has inspired many complex engineering real-world problems where something is required to open and close in a controlled way. This has included shields that fold to go inside a rocket, folding an airbag int a small space. Lang uses maths to help him create shapes as an artist that would be hard to create in a any other way.

Haruki Nakamura

Haruki Nakamura is a Japanese designer who creates moving objects out of paper. 


  • Find out more about Robert Lang’s origami work 
  • Find out more about the work of Haruki Nakamura
  • How might origami inspire you? Don’t forget to credit where you got your ideas from.
  • Take a look at this #ThinkDoMAKE activity creating a wallet out of folding Tyvek

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