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Infinite origami beetles, and saving lives

Here’s a good story. Robert Lang creates animals using the ancient Japanese art of origami… which he’s taken one step further. He’s worked out how to make any animal you like. There are beetles, deer, lizards… detailing even specific species.

How did he do it? Lang studied the crease patterns made in classical origami and figured out the general rules about how they created shapes. He understood them to such a degree he could write those rules mathematically – and write a computer algorithm for the patterns. Input required shape – output crease pattern and folding sequence.

And he also found he could make some life saving devices, all with origami.