Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Shock Absorbing Origami-Like Drone

Engineers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, have developed a shock absorbing hybrid origami drone that can deform on impact. The drone, inspired by insect wings, is stiff when airborne to carry its own wight but is still flexible enough to absorb shock and minimize damage when an object hits it. The drone is comprised of elastomer membranes sandwiched between rigid plates, that pull apart when enough force is applied. Learn more about the shock absorbing drone at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.