Self-Folding aeroMorph Model Redefines Digital Fabrication
MIT’s tangible media group presents ‘aeroMorph, the programmable paper, plastic, and fabric self-folding origami-like inflatable structures. The project showcases a design, simulation, and fabrication pipeline for making transforming objects. In most cases, inflatable structures would have an empty core, and upon filling with fluids they expand revealing their form. With ‘aeroMorph’, the structure of the material can transform so it is effectively self-building, creating the mysterious illusion that it is under a sorcerer’s spell. ‘AeroForm’ has a lot of untapped potential in the design of interactive wearables technology, children’s toys, and furniture.