This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Origami is great, but what if we could use it as a starting point to create a new, sustainable, structural material for consumer products? Speaker Ata Sina is doing just that and tells us how his love of art and engineering have combined to lead him on this path to innovation.
Equipped with a Master of Science degree from Linnaeus University in Sweden and seven years of experience as a piping designer engineer in the oil and gas industry in Iran, Ata is currently a master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and spends most of his time conducting research at the Pulp and Paper Centre. Along the way he has always found ways to express himself artistically, developing his skills in areas such as acting, graphic design, and music. Ata has performed in various plays in four local theaters in Vancouver, as well as in the Tehran International Theatre Festival over the last several years. He believes there are many connections between engineering skills and artistic ideas and it is here that innovation can take place. This balance of art and science inspires Ata’s current research which focuses on developing a novel method of creating complex self-folding 3-D paper products. This ‘Origami Engineering’ has the potential to serve as a new, sustainable material for product design.
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reminds me of the guy who was marooned in the movie "Water World" when he says "PAAAAAPER....PAAAPER!! have you ever seen paaaper?" lol15/03/2016
Could this be partnered with solar ovens as inexpensive, zero-emissions, small, local factories for lots of small items? What about in humid tropics? I see so much potential here!05/01/2016
Can I ask a question? How much "heat" or energy need to use in order to fold the papers? The demo is simple, only using oven, but in large scale....how much energy it need?18/12/2014
Enjoyed it a lot Sina! G8 Work and Talk! Keep it UP!05/12/2014
Good job man!03/12/2014
Great job Ata. :02/12/2014
Thank you so much Sina for sharing this 01/12/2014