Material Sketches

IxD Lab’s self-directed research into physical materials.

Novel Piezo Sensing

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Piezo elements are small devices that can turn vibration into electrical current and vice versa. In this short exploration, we examine how Piezo elements can be exploited to create some unique sensing objects.

The sensing objects we created are:  Silicone hair, silicone blob, spring, fur and water balloon. This video shows a small board with each of the objects driving an LED.

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Rapid Prototyping of Silicone Moulds

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Over the last year, we have been making a number of things from silicone. This short video provides an overview of some rapid prototyping techniques and shows a use-case that implements several methods.

Magnetic Silicone

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Magnetic Silicone is a composite of Iron Oxide and EcoFlex 00-30 Moulding Silicone.
Like the best things in life, this exploration came about by chance.
This material was discovered in the process of attempting to make soft iron cores for flexible electromagnets. The short video shows how different arrangements of the material reacts to permanent magnetic actuation.