Neri Oxman: Printing A Revolution

The Carpal Skin

“Carpal Skin is a prototype for a protective glove to protect against Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to numbness, muscle atrophy, and weakness in the hand. Night-time wrist splinting is the recommended treatment for most patients before going into carpal tunnel release surgery. Carpal Skin is a process by which to map the pain-profile of a particular patient—its intensity and duration—and to distribute hard and soft materials to fit the patient’s anatomical and physiological requirements, limiting movement in a customized fashion. The form-generation process is inspired by animal coating patterns in the control of stiffness variation.” (Oxman)

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Neri Oxman has developed new technology that can be used to 3D print materials, eliminating any waste opportunities. As an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, she leads a research group that is involved with computational design, digital fabrication, materials science and synthetic biology. The research group inspires their designs with the knowledge that supports their research. They deal with designs on both a micro scale as well as building/structural scale. Neri Oxman uses biomimicry practices to promote a new way of design. This type of design builds a relationship between the built and natural environments and helps to solve issues.  that we often run into during the design process. Oxman has developed 3D structures, fashion, and health care products using the 3D printing method.


Moving forward in design, I believe this revolutionary design practice will be the cure for problematic designs we’ve needed. It is innovative, inspirational, and brilliant. It is incredible to know there is an opportunity to be able to print designs that have been inspired by nature and eliminate the problem of wasted material resources.

Published By Dayna Saba

Work Cited:

Oxman, Neri. “Carpal Skin.” Carpal Skin, Wrist Splint. Web. 23 Nov. 2014. <;.

“ABOUT: Neri Oxman.” Neri Oxman. Web. 23 Nov. 2014. <;.


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