Editor’s Note: The follow is an excerpt from a longer article on innovative materials run in Energy Efficiency & Building Science News previously.. We are focusing on two materials that may be of interest to the component manufacturing industry given their potential to impact light framing construction methods and materials.
Andrew Dent, vice president of library and materials research at Material ConneXion, is like a sommelier. Presiding over the world’s largest library of materials, his job is to listen to the requirements of his clients—a list which includes Armani, Chrysler, Calvin Klein, Hermann Miller, Disney, Nike, Toyota, and many, many more—and come up with an innovative material that suits their needs. His level of obsession in this field is such that he makes Apple’s Jonathan Ive, a fellow Brit, seem like he’s never done his homework.
During Fast Company’s Innovation Festival earlier this month, we caught up with Dent during a tour of Material ConneXion’s materials library, and asked him to identify a handful of the cutting-edge materials that he thought would be important to designers over the next few years.
Think Metal Velcro, and you’ve got a good idea of what Grip Metal can do. It’s a patented barbed metal sheet that allows virtually any two, or more, sheet materials to stick together without being glued, welded, or bolted. When stuck together, the two pieces can become up to three times as strong as they were individually, making it a perfect material for furniture design, manufacturing, and construction.
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