Award-winning bamboo composite I-beam made by BYU structural engineering students for the annual SAMPE bridge contest.

Award-winning bamboo composite I-beam made by BYU structural engineering students for the annual SAMPE bridge contest.

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In 2010, researchers developed a method where a sheet of composite material can self-fold when an electrical current is passed through it. In 2011, researchers were able to get a polymer sheet to shelf-fold when exposed to light.

In 2010, researchers developed a method where a sheet of composite material can self-fold when an electrical current is passed through it. In 2011, researchers were able to get a polymer sheet to shelf-fold when exposed to light.

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rigid yet flexible, wood-skin redefines the possibilities of wood all images courtesy of wood-skin

rigid yet flexible, wood-skin redefines the possibilities of wood all images courtesy of wood-skin

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Hemp Chairs - Natural fiber composite meets design at Ventura Lambrate’s ‘Poetry Happens’ exhibition. Berlin-based designer/architect Werner Aisslinger, designed Hemp Chair the first monobloc chair designed using natural fibers that have been molded under heat using a special eco-friendly resin, resulting in a sustainable composite material. The project is supported and is in cooperation with the German chemical company BASF.

Hemp Chairs - Natural fiber composite meets design at Ventura Lambrate’s ‘Poetry Happens’ exhibition. Berlin-based designer/architect Werner Aisslinger, designed Hemp Chair the first monobloc chair designed using natural fibers that have been molded under heat using a special eco-friendly resin, resulting in a sustainable composite material. The project is supported and is in cooperation with the German chemical company BASF.

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Wood-Skin: Composite material that's strong like wood, flexible like fabric…
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Glasser Advanced Composite Violin Bow, Standard 3/4 Size by Glasser. $99.99. These bows combine the finest composite materials and high-tech computerized design. The shafts feature the resilience and the liveliness of wood while retaining strength, stiffness, and consistency for years. They will never warp or need recambering like wood bows. Full German Silver lined ebony frog with Parisian eye. Imitation leather grip. High grade white horsehair. Made in U.S.A.

Glasser Advanced Composite Violin Bow, Standard 3/4 Size by Glasser. $99.99. These bows combine the finest composite materials and high-tech computerized design. The shafts feature the resilience and the liveliness of wood while retaining strength, stiffness, and consistency for years. They will never warp or need recambering like wood bows. Full German Silver lined ebony frog with Parisian eye. Imitation leather grip. High grade white horsehair. Made in U.S.A.

Glasser Advanced Composite Cello Bow, Standard 4/4 Size by Glasser. $165.00. These bows combine the finest composite materials and high-tech computerized design. The shafts feature the resilience and the liveliness of wood while retaining strength, stiffness, and consistency for years. They will never warp or need recambering like wood bows. Fully German silver-lined ebony frog with Parisian eye. Imitation leather grip. High-grade horsehair. Made in the USA.

Glasser Advanced Composite Cello Bow, Standard 4/4 Size by Glasser. $165.00. These bows combine the finest composite materials and high-tech computerized design. The shafts feature the resilience and the liveliness of wood while retaining strength, stiffness, and consistency for years. They will never warp or need recambering like wood bows. Fully German silver-lined ebony frog with Parisian eye. Imitation leather grip. High-grade horsehair. Made in the USA.

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