Cartesian Wax

January 6, 2011

Multiple-viscosity structural skin

Cartesian Wax is a continuous tiling system that structurally varies across its surface area to accommodate a range of physical conditions of light transmission, heat flux, and structural support. The surface is thicker where it is structurally required to support itself, and modulates its transparency according to the light conditions of its hosting environment.

Architect and digital fabrication researcher Neri Oxman assembled twenty tiles as a continuum composed of multiple resin types—rigid and/or flexible. She designed each tile as a structural composite representing the local performance criteria as manifested in the mixtures of liquid resin.

Contact: MIT Media Laboratory, Cambridge, MA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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