Helmetic

Functional Gradated Interfaces

Group Work (academic), 2018

Harvard Graduate School of Design GSD (with SEAS)

‘Functional Gradated Interfaces’ is a system of architectured materials designed to perform in an extraordinary way. Geometric and material properties are used in parallel to tune the instabilities of nodal structures (auxetic and non-auxetic) in order to program their behavior in an analog way. Building on the research of auxetic surfaces the proposal aims to test how material gradients may add new opportunities on the tunability of responsive structures. In order to test the effects that porosity, material composition, and geometry have on the material behavior of an element, a series of pucks is designed presenting a variety of twelve different combinations of these variables. The shuffleboard is used as a test bed to evaluate their performance.  The project focuses on one application - a helmet for the urban commuter - and leads eventually to the design and fabrication of the final prototype based on extensive market analysis.

**Exhibited at the “Creative Exhibition of Boston Creative Mixer” Architectural Exhibition, MIT China SA+P/ Harvard China GSD, 2019.

Branding video I Helmetic (teamwork product)

Nodal Structures - Analog Programming (teamwork product)

Tunable Multi-directional Dampening-Porosity and Material Gradient (teamwork product)

Pucks testing (teamwork product)

Analog Programming and Back-balance - Multi-material 3D Printing (teamwork product)

3d-printed resin mold for Final Prototype (teamwork product)

Fabrication of Final Prototype (teamwork product)

Compression testing of Final Prototype with INSTRON machine (teamwork product)

Compression testing of Final Prototype with vacuum pump (teamwork product)

Final Prototype (teamwork product)

Analog Programming and Back-balance - Multi-material 3D Printing (teamwork product)

Tunable Multi-directional Dampening-Porosity and Material Gradient (teamwork product)

Analog Programming and Back-balance - Multi-material 3D Printing (teamwork product)

Pattern Generation (teamwork product)

Pattern Generation and Prototyping (teamwork product)

Tunable Multi-directional Dampening-Porosity and Material Gradient (teamwork product)

Branding brochure I Helmetic