Origami is showing up big time in deployable structures, as well as at the microscale. This symposium within the 2013 ASME conference in Portland was unusual both for the attendees’ various backgrounds, from math to aerospace to micro/nano engineering AND the amazing folded paper demos people brought along. “Flat folding” gets into some deep mathematics, but is necessary for international attendees to get all their demos on the plane, such as this twisting cylinder by Sachiko Ishida. Here is our paper:
UPDATE: Here are the slides from our presentation, including a movie of bistable tiles forming a bowl shape.