The breast connects mother and child. This is where life starts. Strangely, we still know very little about the growth properties of this tissue. We became fascinated by the many different shapes the tissue adopts throughout life. This has resulted in one of the first physical 3D visualizations of the breast tissue. For this object we were inspired by two-dimensional scientific images. Using a 3D print technique that allows the production of thin-walled, narrow tubes, we were able to construct an intricate network of passageways for the directional transport of liquids.
The intestine is capable of transporting food by means of so-called “peristaltic movements”. To us this represents a fascinating system of transportation, in which pulsating rather than continuous movements allow the efficient use of energy. Short, vertical “muscles” transfer their pulses to elongated, horizontal “muscles”, resulting in a smooth, propelling motion. For our design we realized this by 3D printing different structures on textile.
Our fascination for the lungs stems from their structured assembly, which can be captured in computational algorithms. The branched lung tissue is composed of so-called “fractals”: mathematical patterns that repeat themselves at every level. By virtue of these growth properties, the surface area of the lungs is maximized within the limited space of the chest cavity, allowing as much oxygen to be taken up as possible. By using 3D printed molds, we were able to construct a complex balloon, which changes its volume in response to air pressure.
During my second internship, I designed and made a custom 2.5D plotter with an operating area of 100 x 100cm. The goal was to create a low budget yet stable device. Therefore, loads of parts are 3D printed.