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Problem Addressed

Building robots is a time-consuming process in which multiple discrete materials with long assembly times must be assembled sequentially. Attempts to mass-produce robots for efficiency are often infeasible due to the costs of repeated design iterations and optimization steps. In lieu of manual construction, the Inventors have developed a crawling robot that starts as a flat sheet with embedded electronics, and transforms autonomously into a functional machine itself into complex 3D shapes.  The origami-inspired robot can fold itself in four minutes and walk away without human intervention, demonstrating the potential both for complex self-folding machines and autonomous, self-controlled assembly.