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August 2014
Industrial Origami Develops Bearing Retainers
Power Transmission Engineering Magazine

Industrial Origami, Inc. (IOI) has developed a high performance bearing retainer made exclusively from folded sheet metal. Thin sheet metal retainers improve bearing performance and extend bearing life in the most demanding applications.

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November/December 2013
Low-Force, High-Accuracy, Folding & Bending by Hand
FabShop Magazine

One independent engineer calls it a 'disruptive' technology — meaning one that may upset a few apple carts, to everyone's benefit. It's an additional tool for fabricators that has a variety of applications.

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August 2013
Hand-made auto parts? They're coming, says researcher

Is there an auto assembly worker in the near future who is strong enough to form metal parts with his bare hands? Handmade chassis parts are an actual concept for a future generation of low-volume vehicles, says Paul Venhovens, who holds the BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration at Clemson University.

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August 2013
'Origami' hybrid sports car concept unveiled in Michigan

A group of Clemson University graduate students Monday unveiled a next-generation concept vehicle that was produced using origami techniques with sheet metal.

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November 2012
Clemson students build clever six-seat hybrid sports car

Ever wonder what kind of car Gen Y would really like to drive? Well, just have them design one for you. That's what Mazda has done by sponsoring a project at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research, and the result is as outside of the box as they come.

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November 2012
Engineering Students Give a Sneak Peek at Car Project
New York Times - Wheels

The Specialty Equipment Market Association Show may be known for such seemingly frivolous automotive accessories as spray-on chrome, 26-inch wheels, lift kits that elevate 4x4s for crawling over boulders and bolt-on components that produce ungodly amounts of horsepower.

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December 2011
Flexible Design with Industrial Origami
Light Metal Age

Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, Industrial Origami, Inc. (IOI) developed a patented technology that allows users to fold aluminum or steel sheet and thick plate in a way similar to what can be accomplished with cardboard packaging. The sheet can be bent into accurate, complex, and high load-bearing shapes and structures - from items such as electrical enclosures and cabinet drawers to solar mounting systems and car chassis.

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June 2011
Material ConneXion, Inc.

Metal forming process for aluminum and steel alloys that is similar to current perforated cardboard technology. This stamping/punching process creates fatigue lances in metal that allow highly accurate, complex shapes to be easily folded with low force. The folds created by the lances allow the formation of stronger, higher fatigue resistance, load bearing assemblies that significantly reduce welding and fastening.

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August 2011
For Mixed Use
Surface Magazine

Ohio-based Industrial Origami is much as it sounds. A scalable process applied to sheets of aluminum and steel, the patented technology uses precise cuts that allow each piece to be folded with ease. Everything from appliances to furniture can be created.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sheet Metal Origami Cuts Down on Energy, Materials
Inhabitat.com - by Brit Liggett

Last month we were all about the origami lamps and solar panels now we’re focusing our folding obsession around a company we just saw on Core77 called Industrial Origami. They’ve patented a manufacturing process that cuts down on energy use and wasted materials by perforating sheets of metal — and some types of plastics — and folding them into low cost, super strong structures.

Up until now, bending sheet metal required extremely expensive and precise machinery, and even a tiny mistake could foul the process. Industrial Origami’s technology cuts the room for error down to the tiniest margin with only two real steps in the bending process — stamp and fold! Plus they cut the number of parts in a structure down to one, from the numerous pieces that were needed before. Need a heating vent? One square sheet of metal will do the trick.

Industrial Origami calls their diagonal perforations “smiles” — the winner of the cutest technical term of the day — and they are the key to the process. They allow materials to be folded while maintaining their strength. The process starts by stamping out designs in the desired material — sheet metal seems to be the most popular. That flat piece of metal is then perforated and with minimal strength bent into its final form.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Industrial Origami: Folds sheets of steel and aluminum
Industrial Origami updates modern industrial design with an ancient art form
Energydigital - by Barbara Taormina

According to Japanese legend, whoever folds 1,000 origami cranes earns the privilege of asking the mythical bird to grant a wish.

At Industrial Origami, a young mechanical design company, workers have folded 254 patented items like housing for ovens and dishwashers, and car parts like control panels and chassis. They're working toward 1,000, but as any origami artist can tell you, it takes time. And at Industrial Origami, they aren't working with sheets of paper; they are folding sheets of aluminum and steel.

The innovative industrial design company, with roots in San Francisco and a head office in Cleveland, OH, hopes to change manufacturing with a new technology that can fold sheet metal into complicated high load-bearing structures with simple, low-cost fixtures. According to Industrial Origami's designers and fans, the company's technology makes production easier, cheaper and faster.

"Industrial Origami profoundly changes the way products are designed and manufactured," said Patrick Sheehan, a partner at the London-based Environmental Technologies Fund, one of the first groups to invest in the company. Industrial Origami has raised $32 million in venture funding and it is hoping to convince investors to put another $20 million more into the company this year.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
What's new in sheet metal? Industrial Origami
may surprise you
Award Finalist: Clean/green technology
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal - by Mary Duan

Industrial Origami Inc., according to an executive at Bentley Motors Ltd., is like the most beautiful woman at the bar: You might not be sure of what's going on, but you want to find out.

That's a pretty sexy analogy for what on the surface appears to be a sheet metal company. But Industrial Origami has turned the entire process of sheet metal manufacturing on its ear, developing ways to form the metal that are environmentally friendly and help the end user drastically reduce costs.

The privately held, San Francisco-based company has raised a total of $32 million in venture funding through three rounds, and it is looking to raise as much as $20 million more next year.

The 30-employee company's patented processes, licensed for use by companies that include Bentley, Audi AG, Whirlpool Corp. and Electrolux, involves stamping "arcs" to specification into sheet metal. The metal is then folded up into the required shapes.

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