July 23, 2013 AT 6:00 am

Grad Students Create New Material Out of Plastic Tubes

Swiss grad students at ETH Zurich created a new moldable material out of plastic tubes that when assembled looks something like a dairy cow skin would (if you can imagine that). via designboom.

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as part of the research done on a innovative material during our diploma, which consists of the assembly of plastic tubes by autogenous welding, the project was about making a scale application of it. the project was located in the ecole spéciale d’architecture hall, on non-lanscaped bleachers. the installation created a functional topography where you could sit, lie, walk, hide, etc. as a second skin. the material was able to demonstrate its mechanical, functional and aesthetic qualities to the students and offer an ephemeral atmosphere to the school. while most of the installation was made by an artisan process, two pieces of 1 sq meter each were melted by an industrial robot.

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