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WoodSkin aims to bridge the gap between virtual design and real construction

•, By Donna Taylor
  Interdisciplinary design studio MammaFotogramma hope to go someway towards bridging worlds real and virtual through the development of a flexible wood surfacing material named WoodSkin, which, being CNC-friendly, lends itself to all sorts of abstract forms.
WoodSkin is a sandwich of plywood triangular tiles with a textile mesh in between. The production process takes a composite nylon and polymer mesh and encases it between sheets of Finnish plywood, all of which are glued together using a custom mixed adhesive. A three-part compression process then strengthens the material to support its movements. The sandwiched materials are cut into small modules by a CNC mill that creates the 3D pattern and breaks up the rigid surface.

Adaptation to project requirements is key to WoodSkin’s ethos. Users can specify the triangle size, geometry and density within the sheet, as well as the thickness of wood ranging between 4 and 30 mm (0.15 and 1.18 in). WoodSkin is available in modules, sheets or rolls and has the ability to be linked together to form large continuous surfaces.

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