Auxetic materials present a counter intuitive behavior that differs from conventional materials when compressed they contract, and when expanded they expand in all directions. This qualities interest applications where 3-dimensional changes in volume are needed. The pen architecture seen in Auxetic materials, provide, a unique capability to adjust to irregular surfaces. Other qualities of these structures are the ability to perform well on impact absorption. Instead of collecting the impact in a single point/area the structure redirects that impact through all the surface. Last but not least, the geometric patterns of the structure confers it an ambiguous yet, aesthetic qualities of visualization. Overall, Auxetic materials have great aesthetics qualities and high-performance functioning which can be explored in a wide range of contexts of use such as, sports and protection equipment, car interiors, architecture, everyday products, or even aircraft parts.
Smart-materials; Structures behaviour; 3D printing; Concepts.
Master Project - research phase, 2017