Input Development

I.     Research + Precedents
II.    Initial Testing
III.   Testing the Concept of Flexure as Potential Methodology
IV.   Designing a Deformable Surface through Flexure Patterns
V.    Abusing the Flexure
VI.   Magnetizing the Flexure

 

 

 

I.     Research + Precedents

 

II.    Initial Testing

A.     Semi-Flex 3D Printed Mesh

Our first attempt in creating a flexible surface started with a 3D printed grid out of semi-flex PLA. The intention of the grid was to implement magnets at the intersections of the vertical and horizontal paths. As we were testing out this concept, we noticed that the grid maintained a certain type of rigidity which did not help our concept and intentions.

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B.     Faceted Surface

Secondly, we started to look at already available material and how to turn those into a flexible type pattern. By facetating chipboard we were hoping that the flat surface would start to bend yet it did not deliver as it was again too stiff. we looked into breaking appart each different facet and then paste it on top of vellum in the same shape it was initially cut yet with little space in between each puzzle piece. The achieved result was pretty flexible but we had very little control and a hard time implementing magnets onto the surface.

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III.   Testing the Concept of Flexure as Potential Methodology

Finally, we looked into laser cutting a pattern that would strategically weaken the Masonite surface in order to be able to bend it and pull it in both Y direction.

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IV.   Designing a Deformable Surface through Flexure Patterns

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V.    Abusing the Flexure

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VI.   Magnetizing the Flexure

With Loctite

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With epxoy

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