Future buildings may seem lightweight spider webs, as if they can be blown away at any moment, but in fact incredibly strong. In the past, architects had made a choice between delicate appearance and durability, but the development of new composites introduced various possibilities. The research project proves the strength of stacked carbon fiber monofilament manufactured in a small number of digitized manufacturing.
The team created a prototype, 14 feet tall and 8 feet wide, but used only 30 pounds of material. It is made up of 143 filament-winding carbon fiber "brick", which can be increased proportionally for construction production. The use of carbon fibers for a fairly limited architecture, because it is usually used in aircraft panels, is not fully cost-effective.
Michigan's architectural firms use cheap cardboard molds to make use of carbon fiber filaments and epoxy resins to keep it malleable. The resulting brick is stacked into tetrahedron geometry and pins connected components to make them easy to assemble and disassemble. Designers see the possibilities, almost endless, and its fun, imagination can use this material in a larger range.
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