TERA X | Braided Wood
Technical radial braiding of solid wood structures
Solid-wood monofilaments made of willow are to be interwoven on a fully automated radial braider to create high-performance semi-finished products for building components with high strengths and degrees of deformation and design quality. The project creates new construction and design-relevant structures for the building industry with a new language of form, a combination of light, pleasant wood surfaces with the binding and design diversity of braiding. In this way, the lightweight construction potential of textile and wood merges, which experiences an additional application advantage through the resource-efficient, sustainable braiding process and the manufacturability of near-net-shape structures with low waste quantities.
We design tubular forms with increasing complexity, which we gradually implement 1:1. In this way, we explore the possibilities opened up by our material wood thread (see research project FLIGNUM) and technical radial weaving, as well as the limits of automated weaving with wood, which the experimental research process between design and engineering science reveals to us.
TERA X is a joint research project of the research platform BAU KUNST ERFINDEN at the University of Kassel and the Institute of Materials Science at Hof University of Applied Sciences.