Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Research article
28 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 28 Oct 2020

Thickness-utilizing deployable hard stops for origami-based design applications

David W. Andrews, Spencer P. Magleby, and Larry L. Howell

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Andrews, D. W., Avila, A., Butler, J., Magleby, S. P., and Howell, L. L.: Kirigami-based deployable transcrease hard stop models usable in origami patterns, in: Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference, ASME, Anaheim, CA, USA, Vol. 5B-2019, 1–9,, 2019. a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i
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Short summary
Thickness-utilizing deployable hard stops (ThUDS) block the motion of a mechanism at a desired position. Designed to reside within the thickness of a design, they can be planar or spatial in nature. Various analyses and design techniques were developed and demonstrated using physical prototypes. ThUDS are able to successfully constrain motion, are able to carry loads, and are useable in various folding applications, including origami-based engineering.