In this investigation we present a material driven inquiry into fibreglass and the hand lay-up technique of composite lamination, as well as its affordances for the development of a tangible user interface. This was achieved by taking an in-depth look at woven fibreglass and its propensities as a craft material through its varying states of pliable fabric, wetted mesh and hardened composite. Through this, we propose the potential design of a pressure activated fibreglass skin for rigid and semi rigid fibreglass structures. Primarily through the means of a tri layer laminated fibreglass structure, with a polypyrrole treated fibreglass core sandwiched between 2 embroidered conductive fibreglass layers.
Fiberglass plain woven mats, steel conduc-tive thread, polypyrrole treated fiberglass mat, vinyl ester binding resin and graphite powder.
TOOLS & TECHNIQUES
Janome Memory Craft 9700 Embroidery Machine, Magnetic stirring plate, Various glass beakers.
THANKS & CREDITS
The Inspirational work of PolySense, The Embroided Computer and Sensing Kirigami.
This is super cool. I’m impressed by the creative use of polymerization and I find the following motivation stated in the paper: “I see a potential in integrating electronics and computation during the design and fabrication of fiberglass objects; as opposed to post-production instrumentation.” believable.