In 2010, researchers developed a method where a sheet of composite material can self-fold when an electrical current is passed through it. In 2011, researchers were able to get a polymer sheet to shelf-fold when exposed to light.
"Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) is an innovative composite material made from a concrete matrix and textile reinforcement by glass or carbon, which permits the production of extremely light and slender components. Beyond that the flexible reinforcement makes it possible to create free forms and geometries.", Institut für Textiltechnik, RWTH Aachen
‘LightBeton’ from Richter Furniertechnik is an innovative new composite material, which looks like solid concrete, but is, in fact, consists of melamine-resin-coated chipboard coated with a mere 3mm of concrete. Its applications are numerous
Hemp Chairs - Natural fiber composite meets design at Ventura Lambrate’s ‘Poetry Happens’ exhibition. Berlin-based designer/architect Werner Aisslinger, designed Hemp Chair the first monobloc chair designed using natural fibers that have been molded under heat using a special eco-friendly resin, resulting in a sustainable composite material. The project is supported and is in cooperation with the German chemical company BASF.
WoodSkin by MammaFotogramma. Woodskin® is a composite material, developed and patented by our design firm. This highly flexible surface – a sandwich wood and high-tech mesh – was created by a process of excavation with a CNC cutting machine. .