Folding 2D patterns to 3D objects only by lighting up the object is a very interesting technique been developed by the North Carolina State University. The process is very simple. A pre-stressed plastic sheet is run through a conventional inkjet printer which prints on it bold black lines. The bold black lines absorb more light when placed under the heat lamp, thus causing folding.
Students from different resarch groups at the CAST – Center for Architecture and Situated Technology, School of Architecture and Planning of the University at Buffalo have worked on the very inspiring projects below (more to come):
“Open Columns is a system of non-structural columns, made from composite urethane elastomers and can be deployed in a variety of patterns to reconfigure the space beneath them. The system is a mutable architecture that responds to its inhabitants by changing its shape based upon the carbon dioxide (CO2) content in the air. It is capable of learning about its environment by directly acting within it. The genesis of this research and design comes out of an interest in self-organizing systems, which exhibit phenomena of nonlinearity, instability and adaptability.
Open Columns is part of a research project exploring computationally inspired and augmented materials for responsive architecture.
Project Team: Omar Khan (director), Laura Garofalo, Joseph D’Angelo, James Brucz, Nick Bruscia, Brian Clark, Dennis Cook, Raf Godlewski, Ashley Latona, Brian Podleski, Vail Rooney, Mike Wysochanski ”