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MIT Designer Creates 3D Printed Clothing Inspired By Mythology & Biology [Pics]

MIT Designer Creates 3D Printed Clothing Inspired By Mythology & Biology [Pics]
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The founder of the Material Ecology Design Lab designed a line of wearable items using Jorge Luis Borge's The Book of Imaginary Beings and human brain scans.

Karen Summerson
  • 19 november 2012

We’ve seen 3-D printers create everyday objects and art, but never mythological clothing that attempts to emulate super powers. Neri Oxman, a design professor at MIT, wanted to explore how myth could be translated into a working, new technology. She and her colleagues spent five years researching and designing clothing that augmented human capabilities. Using the upcoming technology of 3-D printing, a creation that Oxman calls a “paradigm shift,” the team designed the show Imaginary Beings: Mythologies Of The Not Yet with 18 prototypes that were on display at Paris’ Centre Pompidou last summer.

Each prototype is inspired by a mythological creature from Jorge Luis Borge’s The Book of Imaginary BeingsFor instance, a shock-absorbent helmet called Minotaur Head with Lamella was designed using CT scans of the brain to best protect its wearer, specially protecting hard and soft tissue in its design. This project was made possible with company Objet‘s Connex 500 printer, which has high resolution and precision.

In the video below, Oxman gives an in-depth interview, explaining her inspiration and the creation process in detail.

To view some of the pieces, explore the gallery below.

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Images via Wired

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