The ancient art of paper-folding, or origami, utilizes simple techniques to transform a two-dimensional piece of paper into a complex, intricate, three-dimensional structure. Though traditionally used for ornamental artwork, students in the Origami-Inspired Manufacturing of Composite Parts Creative Inquiry took a more functional approach with origami. This Creative Inquiry team utilized origami in the manufacturing of metal carbide devices. Besides offering a creative manufacturing process, the team aims to replace the non-renewable, petroleum-based carbon used in the synthesis of carbides with carbon obtained from a renewable resource, paper. The team, led by Dr. Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, expects to reduce the cost of this process and reduce the dependence on petrochemicals. Knowing that a number of bio-polymers combined with metal nanoparticles can be heated to form metal carbides, the team focused on using cellulosic paper as the carbon source. The team decided to use origami-inspired techniques to shape the paper in order to manufacture these devices. Although many different kinds of paper exist, the team uses filter papers, which are 100% cellulose and commonly used in the lab.