The Amazing Casingby Juliet Bishop, Tucker Chapin, Jack Mountain, and Evan Smith
Basic IdeaThe basic idea for this project was to create a shock-absorbent material or surface that would work well as acasing or protective material.Using the INCAnaut modeling system, we hypothesized astructure that would absorb shock both well and frommultiple angles and areas.This structure would be composed of multiple hexagons.
HexagonsWe decided to use hexagons for a couple of reasons.Firstly, they can be easily replicated with the INCAnautsystem.And secondly, due to the fact that they could compress welland still spring back into shaped, when the force wasremoved, they would be ideal for use in this material.
StructureTo utilize this versatile structure in a three-dimensionalformat, we tried building a few and connecting them together.After a bit of tinkering, we found that if the hexagons werearranged in such a way as to be the four vertical faces of acube, the other two horizontal faces formed squares.This lent the structure four points of contact, with both theprotected object and the damaging object, to warp andcompress along. When the force was removed, it springs backinto shape.
CompositionAnother factor that makes this structure as versatile as it is, itthe fact that it could theoretically be composed of anymaterial.For a light body-armor, it could be made of kevlar and teﬂonwith silicon “springs.”For an electronics casing, it could be made of a lightaluminum or durable plastic and silicon “springs.”For a household protective material, it could be made of ahard plastic and true metal springs.
ScalingThe ﬁnal factor that makes this structure so useful, is that itcould potentially be scaled to any size.It could be the size of a back-yard trampoline, if it was sorequired.It could even be at a molecular scale, for high intensity, lowsurface area shock-absorbency.
ApplicationsThis system could be applied in multiple settings.It could have personal applications such as protecting one’smobile electronics, baby-prooﬁng, and other such uses.It would be applied in an industrial setting, being used as aprotective shell on equipment or as a wearable shield forworkers.It could also be applied in military areas, such as a body armor,equipment protection and a variety of other uses.The casing could also have a variety of other applications.