Skylar Tibbits, an MIT Researcher, architect, designer, computer scientist and TED Senior Fellow, is working on BioMolecular Self-Assembly and human scale 4D printing as well as a technology called 4D Printing: Multi-material Shape Change Over Time. His team worked with the Autodesk bio/nano/programmable matter group and our software, Project Cyborg, to simulate various shape transformations and optimize folding sequences in 4D Printing. As he stated, "This software is a great demonstration of the scalability of self-assembly, a design and construction phenomena that spans from the nano-scale to the human scale and promises to reinvent our ways of making in the future.
Using a mash-up of architecture, genomics, and microbial ecology Jessica Green an engineer, bio diversity scientist and TED Senior Fellow and her team uncovered that a building is like a planet filled with invisible microbiomes that are as different and varied as the biomes that cover the surface of the Earth. This discovery opens the door to a new flavor of design - bioinformed design - to generate innovative solutions that promote human health and well being.
Dan Raviv, Wei Zhao, Carrie McKnelly, Athina Papadopoulou, Achuta Kadambi, Boxin Shi, Shai Hirsch, Daniel Dikovsky, Michael Zyracki, Carlos Olguin, Ramesh Raskar & Skylar Tibbits. (2014).
Active Printed Materials for Complex Self-Evolving Deformations
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