The Rigid Origami Toolbox is a suite of MATLAB functions written by Joe Gattas to assist with the design of rigid origami structures. The toolbox currently consists of four pattern families:

  1. Miura and Miura-derivative geometries including the Miura, Arc (Yoshimura), Arc-Miura, Non-Developable Miura, Non-Flat Foldable Miura, and Tapered Miura patterns.
  2. Curved-Crease (CC) Miura-derivative geometries
  3. Folded Shell geometries for the addition of static folded faces to Miura and CC-Miura patterns.
  4. Morphing Shell geometries for the addition of morphing folded faces to Miura patterns.

Also included are various functions for pattern plotting, manipulation, calculations, and export.

Toolbox Examples

Miura-derivative geometries:
Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.36.32 am

Curved-Crease geometries:
Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.39.43 am

Folded Shells:
Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.41.40 am

Morphing Shells:
Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 9.42.53 am


Rigid Origami Toolbox v1.0 © 2014, The University of Queensland (the “Software”)

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Version History

– [2015-10-11] v1.10 update to include cube and eggbox kirigami geometries.
– [2014-08-18] v1.00 major update including complete restructure of pattern storage, much extended pattern library, and crease pattern generation capabilities.
– [2013-04-22] v0.79 initial release.