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Aux Lamps

The term "auxetic" comes from a Greek word meaning "to increase". Auxetic materials increase their volume under tension, which is the opposite of most other materials.

Using a laser cutter, patterned cuts were made in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, affording them properties they wouldn't have otherwise, such as expansion and light diffusion.

The materials were tested at multiple cut settings for strength, plasticity, elasticity, rigidity, and surface congruity.

Forms were developed and explored using the natural expansion of the cut material as a guide.