MIT Researchers Use Silkworms As Biological 3D Printer [Video]
Pavillion made of the natural material explores relationship between organic structures and digital fabrication.
MIT Media Lab’s Silk Pavilion is a structure made up of panels of CNC-cut silk (Computer-Numerically-Controlled) threads, with 6,500 silkworms spinning silk patches to create 26 polygonal panels. A computer emulated the behavior of the silkworms in the construction of the primary installation, and the silkworms were used as a biological “printer” to create the secondary structure.
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