February 16, 2009

Structured polyhedral geotextile

Flextegrity utilizes digital geometric modeling to create structural geotextiles and dimensional meshes at a variety of scales. Interlocking polyhedral shapes are constructed with polymers, metals, or other materials. The geometries employed are naturally superior in structural compression, and the individual modules are suspended and secured within an anisotropic, multiaxial web that resists omnidirectional forces. Applied forces may cause slight local deformation, but the system resists these forces as a larger, integrated assembly.

While each polyhedral unit is a static object with basic properties, the assembled system behaves like a flexible fabric that can be finely tuned to match complex topographies. The porosity of the mesh also yields an assembly that is permeable without sacrificing structural integrity. According to the manufacturer, Flextegrity is suitable for the construction of load-bearing three-dimensional materials, flexible structural blocks, and hybrid material sheets.

Contact: Flextegrity Inc., Portland, OR, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 2: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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