I chose to go to Material Connexion for my personal field trip. Last semester when I was working on the foundation of this project in major studio two with Anthony Dean he kept telling me I should go to Material Connexion to get inspirations. So I did and I spent about 3 hours slowly taking in the material connection library. There is so much information there it is hard to take it all in the first time. Anthony was right it made me develop several ideas related to the physical form of this project.

Material Connexion divides the library up by process, and material type like synthetic, natural… There are some pretty extreme materials that I can hardly see a use for but how knows someone might. My attention was caught by a “sample” of a 3d printable material but it was not the material but it was the form itself. One of the big restrictions of 3d printing is the fact that you have to build supports for models to be printed if there are any overhangs. As I was developing and testing 3d printed forms last semester, I kept running to issues of having to print with some kind of support either generated or my own. Throughout my testing I was looking for some kind of geometric shape that would give like foam and also print easily. At Material Connexion I found it! A self supporting geometric form with a foam like give when printed in a flexible material. There were a few samples there that triggered my mind at Material Connexion. With these types of structures I can eliminate the need for supports. This geometric form could ack as the supports and the solid form. Reducing the material used in each chair and fully taking advantage of the additive manufacturing aka 3d printing. A technology that is rapidly growing and is getting to the point where it can be used in production of products not just prototyping.