The National Science Foundation awarded the Compliant Mechanisms Research Group to use compliant mechanism principles to translate origami-based discoveries into engineered systems that achieve desired behaviors.
This week's Science Nation video focuses on origami research done by faculty and students in the CMR lab.
Rock stars, Olympians, first-round draft picks, and . . . a CMR PhD student on ESPN!
Professor Larry Howell and Ph.D. student Shannon Zirbel of the BYU CMR, along with researchers from NASA JPL and Cal Tech, collaborated with Dr. Eric Homer and Matt Haris to write a paper on the use of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) in compliant mechanisms. BMGs have among the highest elastic strain limit of any metals and can be injection molded like polymers, making them ideal compliant mechanisms materials. This paper was featured on the front cover of Advanced Engineering Material’s most recent issue.
The research group released two animations that demonstrate space applications of a monolithic two-degree-of-freedom pointing mechanism.