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A New Spin on Biomimicry in Architecture and Design: 'Silk Pavilion' by MIT MediaLab's Mediated Matter Group

A New Spin on Biomimicry in Architecture and Design: 'Silk Pavilion' by MIT MediaLab's Mediated Matter Group | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Inspired by the silkworm's ability to generate a 3D cocoon out of a single multi-property silk thread (1km in length), the overall geometry of the [MIT MediaLab's silk] pavilion was created using an algorithm that assigns a single continuous thread across patches providing various degrees of density. Overall density variation was informed by the silkworm itself deployed as a biological "printer" in the creation of a secondary structure. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms was positioned at the bottom rim of the scaffold spinning flat non-woven silk patches as they locally reinforced the gaps across CNC-deposited silk fibers."

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MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Pavilion by Imitating Silkworms

MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Pavilion by Imitating Silkworms | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
MIT researchers headed by Mediated Matter Group founder Neri Oxman to 3D print a pavilion by imitating silkworms.
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Sam McCormick's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:08 AM

This article relates to possible techniques for large scale 3D printing of self supporting structures for architectural applications. If this proves a cost effective method of creating extremely strong, lightweight materials, it could be applied to prosthetics, exoskeletons and the casings of implant peripherals that need to be carried by the host.