Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How to make (almost) anything - Assignment 10

Last week's assignment was about experimentation with composites. Composites are the layering of fibers and resins. Fibers give the material longitudinal strength and resins (the matrix) give the material compressional strength.

I find the idea of composites very cool, but I am not a fan of the un-structured form most of them take.

For the most part, I played with a natural fiber, banana skins, this week.

The first image above is a banana filled with polyeurathane. The second image are strips of cotton soaked in a mixture of smoothcast 310 and gypsum cement.

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