This test aimed to make a double-curved tensile mesh out of rigid planar panels instead of the elastic materials as simulated in the computational form finding. While tensile structures usually need to be anchored on a stiff frame, these simple cardboard panels take the designed form by the flexible plastic rods integrated on the side edges.

After the particle-spring simulation stops and the global geometry is fixed, the supposed materiality changes from elastic to rigid. While cardboard pieces neither occur tension nor weigh enough to stabilize the structure, the bending elements on the edges play a significant role to hold the form by spanning tension on the rigid panels.