Neri Oxman ~ Wanderers.
Project by Christoph Bader
In this project we collaborated with artist, scientist, researcher Prof. Neri Oxman from the MIT Media Lab and the Mediated Matter Group to create four grown and 3d printed wearables.
We designed a computional growth process which is capable of producing a wide variety of growing structures. Inspired by natural growth behaviour, the computional process creates shapes that adapt to their environment. Starting with a seed, the process simulates growth by continuously expanding and refining its shape.
From this process four wearables were grown. All off the grown wearables in this collection designed by Prof. Neri Oxman aim to embed living matter within 3D structures.
Qamar ~ Inspired by one of the most luminous objects in the sky, this piece embodies the surface of the Moon. Akin to a wearable biodome, the exterior contains spatial spherical moon-shaped pods for algae-based air-purification and biofuel collection to produce and store oxygen.
Zuhal ~ This piece was created to adapt to the vortex storms on Saturn. It has a hairy and fiberous large surface area designed to contain bacteria that convert the planet’s hydrocarbons into edible matter for humans.
Mushtari ~ Arabic for huge or giant, is designed to interact with Jupiter’s atmosphere. This tortuous piece is designed as a single meandering strand inspired by the human gastrointestinal tract. It is a wearable that will consume and digest biomass, absorb nutrients, generate energy in the form of sucrose or fuel and expel waste.
Otaared ~ For the planet Mercury, Oxman has created a structure that acts as a protective exoskeleton for the head as the planet lacks any atmosphere.
Due to the generative nature of the algorithm it was possible to create a wide range of wearables that adapt to the human body for pre-visualization and design iteration.
In addition intricate internal structures were developed.
All pieces were designed by Prof. Neri Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Object500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Production System and exhibited at the EuroMold 2014. For the first time 3d printing was used to achieve volumetric color and transparency gradients.
A look ahead
Prof. Neri Oxman and her team are working on blurring boundary between the environment and ourselves. The aim is to embed living matter within 3D structures that augment the environment. Each piece intends to hold life sustaining elements contained within 3D printed vascular structures with internal cavities, made possible with the dimensional stability and high resolution accuracy of Stratasys’ technology. Living matter within these structures will ultimately transform oxygen for breathing, photons for seeing, biomass for eating, biofuels for moving and calcium for building.
More about Neri Oxman and her great work can be found on here: http://www.materialecology.com/
More about Stratasys and their great technology can be found here: www.stratasys.com