Joseph Choma demonstrates his nifty paperfolding technique for fiberglass

            <img src="" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" />In his latest design investigation, Joseph Choma, the founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Design Topology Lab</a> and an architecture professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" >Clemson University</a>, is helping shape up a future for fiberglass being used as a primary building material. Choma has been developing a fabrication technique that allows him to create structures by hand-folding fiberglass &mdash; a technique that he describes is as simple as folding paper.
Photo credit: Ken Scar, Clemson University By selectively coating resin on fiberglass cloth, parts can fold easily along the fabric hinges, Choma describes. The process doesn't require any molds or fasteners, which could mean less production cost and less material waste. In developing the technique, Choma is driven by the belief that fiberglass will become a primary building material in the next decade, possibly replacing steel. Typically used as a secondary component, fiberglass is noted for its resistance to corrosion and to harsh elements like fire. Choma's indicates that it's...

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