The current work and research focus on the possibilities of additive manufacturing tools such as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing creates 3D objects by adding materials layer by layer thereby eliminating waste that is often associated with subtractive manufacturing methods such as milling.
We currently fabricate with two 3d printers: the Prusa I3 MK2S and the 3D PotterBot Micro 9. The Prusa is used for bioplastics and the Potterbot is used to print clay or living materials such as mycelium or moss. We use 3D printing not just to recreate digital models but as an integral tool in the design process. This means that we take into consideration the capabilities and limits of the machines to create novel design processes and objects.
We work with a range of materials from bioplastics (PLA) filaments made from renewable resources to living material composites with moss or mycelium.
Through our ongoing material research, we seek to approach materiality as a dynamic entity capable of change and growth that drives the practice towards creating symbiotic relationships with the environments they inhabit.
Design allows us to become active agents in our environment and materialize our priorities. The challenges that we face are complex, but through design we can engage and translate scientific thought into real world application.
Our design process seeks to simulate, understand, and augment nature through materiality, computation, and fabrication.