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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
Last month we were all about the origami lamps  and solar panels  now we’re focusing our folding obsession around a company we just saw on Core77  called Industrial Origami . They’ve patented a manufacturing process that cuts down on energy use  and wasted materials by perforating sheets of metal — and some types of plastics — and folding them into low cost, super strong structures.
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  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  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.
Via Core 77 
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/13/sheet-metal-origami-cuts-down-on-energy-materials/industrial-origami-6/
 origami lamps: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/16/recyclable-lzf-alhambra-lamp-inspired-by-origami/
 solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/08/solar-origami-mit-working-on-super-efficient-folded-solar-panels/
 Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/materials/killer_new_production_method_metal_origami_16549.asp
 Industrial Origami: http://www.industrialorigami.com/home.cfm
 energy use: http://inhabitat.com/energy/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/13/sheet-metal-origami-cuts-down-on-energy-materials/industrial-origami-7/
 technology: http://inhabitat.com/green-gadgets/
 Origami: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=origami
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