Studies    
2017 –
Cambridge, MA

Realized as part of research conducted in the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab ︎

A selection of studies done for the development of the Silk Pavilion. These include processes and investigative experiments that look into new forms of fabricating thread-based structures and the required mechanisms. 

Research Team ︎
João Costa, Christoph Bader︎ , Sunanda Sharma︎, Felix Kraemer︎, Susan Williams︎, Jean Disset︎ and Neri Oxman ︎
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Frames constructed for the Broken Nature exhibition at the Trienale di Milano in 2019. Thread was deposited by a CNC machine including custom tools and controls.

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Experiments with the Bombyx mori silkworm looking into different stimuli and their effect on silk deposition and construction of the cocoon structure.

6”x6”x6” CUBES



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Investigation of three-dimensional thread-based structures. Here are some models that present different distribution of density within structures constrained by the boundaries of a cube.
The structures were built by a robotic arm and a CNC machine and consisted of a single silk thread. The toolpath and tools for achieving these results were all part of the research process and can be seen in the figures.
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FIBER DENSITY DISTRIBUTION


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Top view render of a cube.
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Top view of the toolpath developed for achieving thread deposition. A custom script was created in order to avoid collision between the poles and the end-effector.


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1.5mx1.5mx1.5m 
Gantry


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2021
Cambridge, MA