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tensile hinges

bachelor thesis

The work tensile hinges explores a new way of creating and using hinges. The previous work, curvy surface, was the starting point for the research. A hinge connects two rigid elements movably and allows one of them to swing freely around an axis. The design was inspired by existing hinge mechanisms from nature and technology. The tensile hinge combines the stability and durability of technical hinges with the functionality of natural hinges through compression and tension elements. For the construction of the tensile hinge, the technique of 3D printing on pre-stretched fabric or the clamping of rigid structural elements into a membrane is used. Due to the simplicity of the mechanism, the construction works in different scales. The snapping that occurs when the tensile hinges are folded shows the speed of reaction and gives an idea of the enormous force of large-scaled tensile hinges. Several tensile hinges can be connected to form large surfaces and transformed into planned bodies or free shapes. These bodies can create a futuristic and organic atmosphere in architectural contexts, whether freely or adaptively.

The work tensile hinges won the Mart Stam Prize in 2021.

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tensile hinges - bachelor thesis

Antonia Dönitz

textile- & surface design


Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Christiane Sauer

Prof. Dr. Patricia Ribault

Dipl.-Ing. Maxie Schneider

Dipl.-Ing. Ebba Fransén Waldhör

Dr. Khashayar Razghandi

Dr. Lorenzo Guiducci

involved institutions:

MoA Design Studio

Humboldt University of Berlin

Max Planck Institute of Colloids & Interfaces

kunsthochschule berlin weißensee

in the framework of Scaling Nature X - Extended

Berlin, Germany

winter 2020/2021

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