PopupCAD: A tool for automated design, fabrication, and analysis of laminate devices

Daniel M. Aukes, Robert J. Wood

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Recent advances in laminate manufacturing techniques have driven the development of new classes of millimeterscale sensorized medical devices, robots capable of terrestrial locomotion and sustained fight, and new techniques for sensing and actuation. Recently, the analysis of laminate micro-devices has focused more manufacturability concerns and not on mechanics. Considering the nature of such devices, we draw from existing research in composites, origami kinematics, and finite element methods in order to identify issues related to sequential assembly and self-folding prior to fabrication as well as the stiffness of composite folded systems during operation. These techniques can be useful for understanding how such devices will bend and ex under normal operating conditions, and when added to new design tools like popupCAD, will give designers another means to develop better devices throughout the design process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number94671B
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 Micro- and Nanotechnology (MNT) Sensors, Systems, and Applications VII Conference - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2015Apr 24 2015


  • Design
  • Dynamics
  • Finite element method
  • Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Stiffness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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