Silkworms get a new career.

Silkworms get a new career.

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Using Silk Worms For 3D Printing?

There are several layers of cool to this story. Also I kind of like the term ‘Biomimicry’…

“Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have accomplished a stunning architectural feat using silkworms. To construct this “Silk Pavillion,” 6,500 live silkworms were guided via computer, creating a 3D print of the domed structure.”

“The vast majority of 3D printing is done with plastic (although liquid metal may not be too far away), but MIT’s Silk Pavillion project is the first 3D-printed structure made out of 100% natural materials.”

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