Kaleidogami: Multi-Primitive Reconfigurable Artistic Structures

by | May 29, 2012

Authors: Wei Gao and Karthik Ramani
Hyperseeing Spring 2012, Special Issue on Proceedings of SMI 2012 Fabrication and Sculpting Event

Abstract: In this paper we present our initial prototypical explorations as well as the associated transformative design concept called Kaleidogami™.  This method is used for developing spatial objects that can be flattened, folded and reconfigured. We develop the metaphor and concept for a basic structural unit (BSU) such as using tetrahedral, cuboidal, prismatic, and pyramidal units to enable new forms of 3D folding. The fabrication is done using a single flat sheet of foldable substrate in 2D. We explore the diversity of structural polyhedral sculptures and movable constructs in a hierarchical architecture. More artistic constructions are contextualized with a Kaleido-Tangram like integration.




Wei Gao is currently a D-PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue. Mr. Gao received his bachelor degree (2009) in Mechanical engineering from the University of Shanghai for Science & Technology. His graduate research focuses on design, simulation and optimization of foldable, reconfigurable and self-assembly mechanisms/robotic systems, and developing novel 3D printing technique based on FDM and building self-contained appliances that allow printing fully-functional objects (customizable products, articulated working models, self-actuated devices).