Pavilion „printed“ by 6500 Silkworms

 Vimeo Direktsilk, via Core77

Das MIT Media Lab hat sich einen Pavilion von 6500 Seidenraupen „bauen“ lassen. Zuerst haben sie das Gerüst mit ‘ner Fräse gebaut und dann die Raupen da reingesetzt. Toll!

Inspired by the silkworm’s ability to generate a 3D cocoon out of a single multi-property silk thread (1km in length), the overall geometry of the pavilion was created using an algorithm that assigns a single continuous thread across patches providing various degrees of density.

Overall density variation was informed by the silkworm itself deployed as a biological “printer” in the creation of a secondary structure. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms was positioned at the bottom rim of the scaffold spinning flat non-woven silk patches as they locally reinforced the gaps across CNC-deposited silk fibers. Following their pupation stage the silkworms were removed. Resulting moths can produce 1.5 million eggs with the potential of constructing up to 250 additional pavilions.

Silk Pavillion: 2013 CNC Deposited Silk & Silkworm Construction