Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


folded textured sheets, miura-ori, origami


Zbigniew Pasek




The engineering applications of origami has gathered tremendous attention in recent years. Various aspects of origami have different characteristics based on its application. The shape changing aspect is used in areas where size is a constraint. The structural rigidity aspect is utilized where strength is needed with a minimal increase in weight. When polymer or metal sheets are processed to have origami creases, they exhibit an improvement in mechanical properties. The sheets which create a specific local texture by means of tessellated folds patterns are called folded textured sheets[1]. These sheets are utilized to create fold cores. These light-weight sandwiched structures are heavily used in the aerospace industry, due to its ability to prevent moisture accumulation on the aeronautical structures at higher altitudes. The objective of the current research is to explore a new method for the continuous production of these folded textured sheets. The method uses a laser etching setup to mark the sheet with the origami pattern. The pattern is then formed by dies and passes through a conveyor system which is specifically arranged like a funnel to complete the final stage of the forming process. A simulation approach is utilized to evaluate the method. Results show the feasibility of the process along with its limitations. The design is made to be feasible for scaling up for large scale manufacture