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Sheet Metal Origami Cuts Down on Energy, Materials

Posted By Brit Liggett On May 13, 2010 @ 4:45 pm In green technology | No Comments

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Last month we were all about the origami lamps [2] and solar panels [3] now we’re focusing our folding obsession around a company we just saw on Core77 [4] called Industrial Origami [5]. They’ve patented a manufacturing process that cuts down on energy use [6] and wasted materials by perforating sheets of metal — and some types of plastics — and folding them into low cost, super strong structures.

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Up until now, bending sheet metal required extremely expensive and precise machinery, and even a tiny mistake could foul the process. Industrial Origami’s technology [8] cuts the room for error down to the tiniest margin with only two real steps in the bending process — stamp and fold! Plus they cut the number of parts in a structure down to one, from the numerous pieces that were needed before. Need a heating vent? One square sheet of metal will do the trick.

Industrial Origami [9] calls their diagonal perforations “smiles” — the winner of the cutest technical term of the day — and they are the key to the process. They allow materials to be folded while maintaining their strength. The process starts by stamping out designs in the desired material — sheet metal seems to be the most popular. That flat piece of metal is then perforated and with minimal strength bent into its final form.

+ Industrial Origami [5]

Via Core 77 [4]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/13/sheet-metal-origami-cuts-down-on-energy-materials/industrial-origami-6/

[2] origami lamps: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/16/recyclable-lzf-alhambra-lamp-inspired-by-origami/

[3] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/08/solar-origami-mit-working-on-super-efficient-folded-solar-panels/

[4] Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/materials/killer_new_production_method_metal_origami_16549.asp

[5] Industrial Origami: http://www.industrialorigami.com/home.cfm

[6] energy use: http://inhabitat.com/energy/

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/13/sheet-metal-origami-cuts-down-on-energy-materials/industrial-origami-7/

[8] technology: http://inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/

[9] Origami: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=origami

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