Preserving time was just as important as preserving materials, so they chose materials that required only a four-hour bake time. “The ceramics department has to use their kilns all of the time,” says Wit. “With the prepreg’s short bake time, we could sneak into their schedule for four hours or come in the middle of the night, throw something in and be out before anybody’s even back and not disturb their process of working.”

While the rolyPOLY resembles a cool art installation, it’s much more than aesthetically interesting. Wit and his peers are testing the potential for robotically-wound CFRP in architecture applications. “The visual and tactile elements that you can achieve with CFRP translate very nicely into architecture,” he says. “We’re looking at minimizing the complexity that goes into the construction of a detached dwelling.”

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