New High Tech Materials Needed.
The search for new materials that will perform be lighter, stronger and cheaper that what is available today continues with researchers around the world. New ground breaking products are possible with newly developed materials.
Combine the principles of weaving with the high-tech properties of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer and the computationally driven process of robotic winding and you get rolyPOLY. The fields of design, architecture, and materials science converged to produce this 20-pound, single-occupant, prototype structure, which is described in an article in3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
In the article “Craft Driven Robotic Composites”), Andrew John Wit, Temple University, and Simon Kim, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA), Mariana Ibañez, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and Daniel Eisinger, Ball State University (Muncie, IN), discuss the concept and design development of these types of structures and their implications for creating large architectural-scale constructs. The researchers describe in detail the materials used, winding process, baking, modular steel frame assembly and disassembly, and installation.
The article is available free for download on the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing website until April 30, 2016.