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I went to our Materials Library to get inspiration and to find materials that could be ideal for my work. I mainly wanted materials that had some flexiblilty to them and also collapse and compress. 

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This material comes in different thickness and sizes. Its not as flexible as I imagined and it does feel a bit brittle. 

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The gaps in the material make it really flexible and spongy. It feels like a bath sponge. 

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I am interested in the structures that are inbetween two platforms. I think if they had hidges to them, then it would allow it to maneuver up, down and sideways. 

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I like the effect of the circles on the material. It adds an appealing look to the piece, though it does mean that it is also very fragile and brittle. 

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Text box

Very flexible since its made from thick rubbery plastic and is also very durable and strong. 

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I really like the texture of this material. It really does feel light and soft. I wonder how they got the fox patterns on the material, and also with what machine?

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The scale like effect of placing the metal components over each other, makes the piece collapsible and compressible. 

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This material must have been heat treated to make it create that shape. Bending wood and keeping it this smooth must requite some machinery- which I dont think this University has. Would it be possible to find some around in London that could allow me treat my wood? 

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Dupont Corian 

Corian is the brand name for a solid surface material created by Dupont. It is composed of an acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. Corian can be thermoformed, engraved and laser cut. Through a process called dye sublimation you can virtually transer images onto a sheet of Corian so that a permanent image is created within the surface. Source: www.dupont.com

I really like the face that you can place any image onto the surface and then engrave/ laser cut it. Bending it creates a whole another property that can be used for any application. 

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The honeycomb like structures gives the material a lot of strength and resilience. The density of the plastic pieces is an important aspect that determines how flexible the material can get. 

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