October 23, 2007

Lightweight composite folding board

Timm Herok developed Foldtex as a lightweight folding material in order to challenge traditional notions of product fittings, corner connections and surface finishing techniques. Foldtex consists of at least two layers, one which is flexible and the other which is stiff. When incisions are made in the stiff layer, thus exposing the flexible layer below, a folding hinge is created at that point. Folding grooves may be made via CNC milling, although simple folds may be made with a hand-held milling machine. Separation cuts are then completed using a cutting knife. Foldtex may be individually adapted in its strength and surface qualities through the use of veneers, layering, staining, and painting. A high finish may be achieved either before or after the milling of the template.

Contact: Timm Herok, Frankfurt, Germany.

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

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