Your eyes are not deceiving you: The Silk Pavillion — an architectural experiment constructed at MIT, was “3-D printed” using 6,500 live silkworms. Humans have been breeding silkworms for fabric for over 5,000 years, but Media Lab professor Neri Oxman married their innate productivity with computerized efficiency. Oxman leads the Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group — a research team that experiments with advanced design and fabrication technologies with an eye towards biomimicry. Her diverse body of work includes the development of micro-sized robots that can build concrete structures as well as 3-D printed, high-fashion garments inspired by biological structures.
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