Monthly Archives: February 2012

Division of Research

The project is now simultaneously move forward in with three distinct areas of focus; Perfecting the bi-material strip that is used to actuate the “butterfly” Designing the butterfly unit, its materiality and the crucial connection detail between spine and wing. … Continue reading

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Auxetics

Current investigations have shifted from the previous technique of simply multiplying strips to accumulate larger deflections to a leverage approach by seeking to understand how a small deflection can produce a much more dramatic transformation. This inquiry has resulted in … Continue reading

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Uniformly Rigidized

The materials I have been so accustom to working with over the last 6 months have been given a facelift. Having an assortment of newly rigidized samples, I began the all too familiar process of laminating different material combinations and … Continue reading

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The Minds Behind the Machines

I came into this first meeting with intentions of locating the compromise that I was sure would be necessary between our aspirations and the realistic limits that we needed to recognize based on Dan and Dave’s expertise and the facilities … Continue reading

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Stepping Inside…

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Rigidized Metals as part of a large group of nearly 30 students and faculty from the University at Buffalo interested in prospective projects as part of this new collaborative relationship. This … Continue reading

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Pushing What?

“Pushing the envelope” was a term popular in the days of homeroom and homework. Outside of middle school my friends and I spent our time skateboarding, which certainly taught me to look at the built environment around me a bit … Continue reading

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