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Poly-Pocket: A Sticky Spiral Staircase of Tensioned Spring-Capsules

Poly-Pocket is a sticky spiral staircase of tensioned spring-capsules. The Individual components are held together using only tension members and friction enhanced by the “stickyness” of soft pvc plastic. The sticky pvc is laid over stiff polypropylene, which uses tension forces to hold the surfaces in active bending. The video above shows the assembly process [...]

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Friction-Fitting Rubber

Sheet rubber has two properties that are uncommon in structural or architectural materials. 1) “Stickyness:” rubber with a glossy finish sticks to other rubber surfaces, amplifying friction 2) “Springback:” rubber has a high degree of elasticity, allowing it to spring back to its original shape when released from deformation or stretching

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