Plastics are becoming ubiquitous in the building arena and are constantly being re-engineered to take on new design responsibilities. Exploring the composite of ABS plastic, magnetite powder, and iron fillings has created the opportunity to use magnetic fields to affect the material deposition while in a liquid state and manipulate form during the rigidizing process. The ratio of the multiple elements of this material affect the viscosity, texture, and magnetic properties. These changes have a drastic impact on the form of the material, enabling an array of solidification patterns through the natural organizational properties of the magnetic field.
Client: Harvard GSD
Team: Michael Degen, Jason Tucker, Puja Patel
Category: Interaction, Space
Date Created: Fall 2012