Silk-itecture

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Researchers at MIT Media Lab are exploring the connection between digital and fabrication by using silkworms to construct pavilions. The project was inspired by the silkworms ability to create their strong three-dimensional cocoons.

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The primary structure was designed using CNC algorithms to place single threads of silk to create 26 polygon ‘panels’.

6,500 silkworms were then deployed along the threads to create the secondary structure. The silkworms, overtime biologically printed the entire 3D pavilion.

The density of parts of the structure was found to be dependent on the silkworms preference for darker, cooler spaces, so the perforations in the pavilion are an entirely natural coincidence, decided by the silkworms.

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MIT MEDIA LAB

http://matter.media.mit.edu/environments/details/silk-pavillion#prettyPhoto

PUBLISHED BY: KALYN TEELING

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One Response to “Silk-itecture”
  1. momahony2014 says:

    lovely example, but who did the post? Dont forget to include your name on posts.
    Marie

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