Paper-folding and beyond: 3-D Reconfigurable Auxetic Solids

Example of 3D Auxetic models.

Hands-on activities and more for detail-oriented engineering students who are interested in origami and 3-D geometry.

Project description

The project goal is to build various three-dimensional (3-D) paper models and 3-D printed geometries, which show reconfigurability or mobility. These unique geometries are characterized by so-called "auxetic behavior." When compressed, they become thinner perpendicular to the applied force. For the paper models, the nets and developments will be provided. The successful completion of paper models will lead to their expansion to continuum structures for 3-D printing.

Project outcome

  • Develop 3-D paper models based on nets and developments.
  • Investigate the corresponding continuum geometries for 3-D printing. 
  • Print 3-D continuum structures exhibiting reconfigurability and mobility. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment 10-12 months
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic credit; research experience
Who is eligible Sophomore and junior engineering students

Project mentor

Jongmin Shim

Associate Professor

Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

240 Ketter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4372


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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering