2013 | Juvenile Paua, Digital Polymer, Nutrients
A FUTURIST DESIGN RESEARCH PROJECT in COLLABORATION WITH JAMES BENNETT for ROSS STEVENS' DESIGN LED FUTURES think tank, EXPLORING THE INTEGRATION OF 3DPRINTING + BIOLOGICAL GROWTH.
The intention is to create a scaffold in which juvenile Paua may lay up calcifications over time. Abalone (Paua) shells are made of one of the strongest known bio-ceramics. If we are able to harness this material strength yet control the form of the structure there is the possibility for use in high-stress applications such as bone/joint reconstructions, among other applications.
While controversial, this method of growing a manufactured object in conjunction with another species raises questions around the energy, ethics and value of a product.