May 6, 2010

Anisotropic textured surface

Neri Oxman visualizes, analyzes and reconstructs 2D natural micro-structural tissues into 3D macro-scale prototypes by computing hypothetical physical responses. She uses a computational application to determine material behavior according to assigned properties and performance such as stress, strain, heat flow, stored energy and deformation due to applied loads and temperature differences. The interaction between the directional morphology of the specimen and the tensor direction produce physical effects that emphasize the tissue’s spatial texture in different ways. She then reconstructs the tissue using a CNC mill and multiple types of wood. Anisotropic in nature, grain directionality and layering are informed by the analysis resulting in laminated structural composites which respond to given ranges of energy and loading conditions.

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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