Origami Model for Breathing Alveoli

  • HirHiroko Kitaoka
  • Carlos A. M. Hoyos
  • Ryuji Takaki
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 669)


We previously proposed a morphogenesis-based 4D model of the alveolar structure. However, the model exists only in computer, and is too complicated to be recognized in 2D display. Origami, a Japanese traditional craft, is a 4D object originated from 2D sheet. We introduce origami models approximating our computational alveolar model. One can make, see, and handle the models by oneself. Seeing is believing. We dare say “Making is convincing”.


Alveolar Structure Morphogenetic Process Living Organ Alveolar Duct Alveolar Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • HirHiroko Kitaoka
    • 1
  • Carlos A. M. Hoyos
    • 2
  • Ryuji Takaki
    • 3
  1. 1.Engineering Technology DivisionJSOL CorporationTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringSingapore UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Kobe Design UniversityKobeJapan

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