Katherine Marisa Alcazar
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2024
FURI | Fall 2022
3D Printing of Kirigami ConductorsKirigami is utilized in the manufacturing industry to improve durability, versatility, and elongation. These kirigami structures are 3D printed with an Ender Pro printer and a conductive filament. The Japanese art form “kirigami” means “cut” and “paper,” which in this application turns two dimensions into three-dimensional deformation. The objective of this research is to study the relation between tensile properties and geometry of the kirigami conductors. Following thorough quantitative data from various tensile tests, the research team determines the evolution of conductivity during the deformation process.
Mentor: Qiong Nian
Featured project | Fall 2022
Katherine Alcazar is a mechanical engineering junior in the FURI program investigating a new manufacturing method with her faculty advisor Qiong Nian, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. She is exploring how the properties of “kirigami” — a Japanese art technique of folding and cutting paper — can improve the fields of manufacturing and energy.
What made you want to get involved in FURI?
What made me get involved in FURI was the ability to perform and present hands-on research. It’s also a great chance to make connections and gain knowledge and experience to best prepare for my academic endeavors.
What has been your most memorable experience as a student researcher?
My first research position was with my FURI mentor, Dr. Nian, making my most memorable experience when we initially discussed potential research projects and I was able to tour the lab I would be working in.
How will your engineering research project impact the world?
My engineering research project through FURI focuses on the 3D printing of kirigami electrical conductors. Researching the correlation between the tensile properties and the deformation of kirigami conductors will allow for more accessibility and versatility in the fields of manufacturing and energy. In addition to realizing the properties of the kirigami conductors, there are many applications for conductors that are able to elongate, such as wearable electronics.
How do you see this experience helping you with your future goals?
FURI has given me experience in technical writing that I will apply to my career goal of being a patent attorney.
Why should other students get involved in FURI?
FURI enables ASU undergraduates to gain valuable research experience to better prepare for their academic and career endeavors.