We just found out about an invention by Ata Sina: self-folding paper! Small cuts are made in the flat paper and then thermoplastic polymers are attached. When heated at 110 degrees Celsius, the polymers shrink, causing the paper to form a 3D shape according to the cuts. Applications that have been brought up so far include engineering inexpensive packaging and creating elaborate origami art.
We at PRESS are very familiar with folding paper as we prepare for Paper Dresses, our September show. Imagine the possibilities if we could get our hands on this stuff! We think our artists would love the intricate designs and folds that this process would enable.
What do you think of this new technology? What would you use it for?