Origami engineering nurtured by Japanese folding culture
Ichiro Hagiwara, Meiji University
Washi is virtually the world's first foldable paper. It is inevitable that Origami is born and nurtured in Japan. Origami consists of 4 types such as Courtesy Origami, Play Origami such as cranes and turtles, Modern Origami such as floor gate fold and Biomimetics Origami for Origami engineering. All of these four types of Origami have been born from Japan.
Thanks to Japan's isolation during the Edo period and a peaceful and prosperous era, art such as haiku, kabuki, and Noh peculiar to Japan was nurtured. Origami has long been a precious art and was not considered to be a target for money. But during World War II, British engineers developed a mass production method for honeycombs, inspired by Japanese Tanabata decorations which developed into a trillion yen industry.
This fact inspired us to start origami engineering in 2003 of which possibility will be discussed here.
Ichiro HAGIWARA received his BS and MS Degrees in applied mathematical engineering from Kyoto University in 1970 and 1972. Also he received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1990. He worked as a researcher at the research center of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. from April of 1972 to March of 1996. He worked as a professor Department of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) from April 1st in 1996 to 31st of March in 2012. And since april 1st, he has worked in Meiji University, Second Director, Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS), Professor, Organization for the Strategic Coordination of Research and Intellectual Property (Emeritus Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology).
He is now engaged in MIMS and MIAD (Meiji university's Institute of Autonomous Driving) as a Meiji University distinguished professor emeritus He is an honorary member of JSME (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers), JSIAM (Japan Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), JSST (Japan Society for Simulation Technology) and JACM (Japan Association for Computational Mechanics).
He is a fellow member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), JSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan) and ASIAIM (Asia Simulation Association).
He is a consulting professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, P.R.Ckina. He is also a guest professor & a consulting professor of The State Key Laboratory of Vibration, shock & Noise of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R.China. And he is a Foreign communication member of the academic committee of the state key laboratory of automotive safety and energy of Tsinghua University, P.R.China, an honorary professor of School of Mechanical Engineering on Jianjin University, P.R.China and an additional professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology and an additional professor of Nanjing university of information & technology, P.R.China.
He is also a member of Science Council of Japan (SCJ) since March of 2006.
He received numerous awards such as Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award.