Flextegrity, Inc. makes possible advanced polyhedral materials that anticipate and meet the comprehensive demands of civil engineering applications, disaster-resistant housing, environmental solutions, and revolutionary product designs. The foundation of Flextegrity’s intellectual property is a unique and innovative icosahedron and truncated icosahedrons tensile architecture for assembled structural materials called “C6XTY.” In later patents the work has […]
by Mark A. Martin, Ph.D. August 2006, © Flextegrity, Inc. 2006, 2007 Introduction An icosahedral material is a regular threedimensional array of icosahedra held together by a repeating pattern of flexible interconnecting bands. Each interconnecting band attaches to exactly two icosahedra and each icosahedron has up to 12 bands attached to it, depending on its position […]
Finite Element Stress Analysis of Icosahedron Beam by Ross Engineering, Prepared for: Mr. Sam Lanahan, Flextegrity Abstract This is a stress analysis report for the Icosahedron Beam. The analysis was performed to compare a beam constructed of the Icosahedrons fabricated of Aluminum to a standard Wood beam. The predicted deflections are similar, while the component […]
In this article we present Flextegrity’s patent – arrays that vary anisotropically, omni-topologically, creating myriad hybrid materials. Arrays and lattices Micro-Structured Materials can be thought of as new ‘raw’ material resources, and combined with macro- molecular shapes to create hybrid materials. Arrays continue that hierarchical sequence resulting from combinations of materials, micro– and macromolecular shapes, […]
ICOSAHEDRON COMPRESSION STUDY Introduction and Background: The project started with an initial compression model of a symmetric icosahedron array modeled after a sheet steel structure. Analysis results indicated that the compressive load carrying capacity of the structure is dominated by the connecting ligaments. That is, under compressive load, the connectors want to buckle and irreversibly […]
In nature, identical, spontaneously assembling protein subunits tend to form symmetrical, minimum-energy shapes. Certain shapes are well-suited for microbiological tasks and persist within organisms. One shape that occurs in several contexts is the icosahedron. A common feature among the icosahedral structures found in microbiology is that they control permeability. Some of these structures, in viruses, for example, may be nearly impermeable, protecting their contents from damaging outside influences and allowing small entities with limited genetic resources to construct viable outer casings.
Positioning: Flextegrity, Inc. is the inventor/developer/manufacturer of specialty structural materials that anticipate and meet the comprehensive demands of disaster-resistant housing, personal protection, environmental solutions, and other emerging markets. Leverage: The foundation of Flextegrity’s intellectual property is a unique and innovative geometry for assembled structural materials. We will succeed in the market by providing anticipatory and […]
From Tensegrity to Flextegrity (aka, “How in the heck did you ever think this up??”) Inventors with strikingly novel concepts are often asked, “How in the world did you ever come up with that idea?”. My experience as author and creator of Flextegrity’s new technology has been no exception. However, my surprise is not that […]
Materials and design, whether in architecture or consumer products, are inextricably interwoven and co-influential. As Patrick Kruithof so aptly states in Future Materials, “It is up to manufacturers to develop these new materials. It is up to designers to transform them into things that have meaning, like ink flowing on the paper of a love […]
What is it? Flextegrity has developed and patented a 3-dimensional tensile lattice that is easily constructed from two component parts. The soccer ball shape is excellent for distributing compressive forces across its surface. Buckminster Fuller described these as ‘islands of compression.’ The balls then are surrounded in a ‘sea of tension.’ Tension and compression can […]
Lattices are both a framework made of metal or metal strips and a regular geometrical arrangement of atoms or molecules in a crystalline solid. C6XTY isn’t actually a thing by itself, but a name to a structural form that can be made from almost any substance and on any size, bigger or smaller. It utilizes […]
Flextegrity, Inc. is creating and developing advanced polyhedral materials that anticipate and meet the comprehensive demands of civil engineering applications, disaster-resistant housing, environmental solutions, and revolutionary product designs. The foundation of Flextegrity’s intellectual property is a unique and innovative icosahedron and truncated icosahedrons tensile architecture for assembled structural materials. This radically simple yet elegant technology […]
—– TEXT FROM YOUTUBE TRANSCRIPT I’m going to introduce 00:04 you to how to construct the C6XTY ball 00:08 from the six component parts and you’ve 00:11 seen them by now they’ve arrived in the 00:13 mail or a box and we’re gonna at the end 00:16 of this introduction we’re actually 00:18 going to […]
Activate your creativity with C6XTY. Imagine using C6XTY fabric to restore a reef…
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Strength-to-weight ratio is inherently high even before material choice. Like the strongest “traditional” materials (wood, steel, and reinforced concrete), the geometry has significant strength both in tension and compression, affording greater freedom and efficiency in design and use. Failure-resistance is a natural by-product of the constituent element shape factors and discontinuous geometry, such that tears […]
A simple system that incorporates both tension and compression into a single element.
Partial Assembly: Ring & Mortar Lattice
The basic cubo-octahedral cell that forms the nucleus of the material.
This is a basic tower model which illustrates the versitility of the material. Any shape can be made.
Imagine, Urban street- scapes of an infinite variety of forms easily assembled and changed to meet different requirements. A climbing park for example that constantly changes. How cool is that!
Simple, repeatable, factory manufactured modular units that can be stacked. Simple, elegant solutions. Ready made, delivered to the site.
Micro solutions for flexible armor solutions. Reactive armor can anisotropically woven into a multiple protective layers. Lighter weight, flexible, reactive- a much better body protection plan!
Imagine.. a seismically stable structure because the tension members dampen the vibration of energy waves.
Imagine… a new paradigm in construction that anticipates the evolving global need for buildings that can withstand today’s more frequent, severe and disastrous weather and seismic events that often overwhelm conventionally built structures. Present day housing construction is driven by a short-term cost mentality and traditional, patched-together uses of materials that are only as strong […]