FOLDING MODEL / EXPERIMENT TEN
For our third experiment, we explored the folded facade system that is thermally activated. Through our research, we were initially intrigued by the inherent memory a folded surface retains. Allowing a flat surface to start folding back into its previous creased form. Inspired by the work of a self-assembly lab out of MIT, we wanted to pursue a hands-free folding system that could self contract when acted on by an autonomous activator such as heat. In our project, we chose to pursue a heat-activated membrane. The material used was a Polystyrene sheet (aka Shrinky Dink); the membrane is flexible with the sheet before activation and then stiffened when heated, transforming a 2d folded sheet to a 3d structure.