Bio.Scales:
Performative Biopolymers

Downtown Los Angeles, CA. 2019
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DIGITALLY 'PROGRAMMING' THE PERFORMANCE
OF ORGANIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL TO CLEAN THE AIR


Bio.Scales is a biodegradable air filtration system comprised of robotically extruded, carbon sequestering, biopolymer ‘scales’. They are a modular air filtration system designed to be reconfigurable, scale-able, and easily maintained. The design of Bio.Scales is the culmination of material research driven to develop a more ecologically engaged, performatively sophisticated, and aesthetically versatile material.

This project is part of ongoing fabrication research focused on the development of a series of biodegradable polymer gels and a digitally controlled extrusion process tailored for precise 3D bio-printing. Innovation lies in the sophistication of the material as a composite of varying performative (structural, filtration) and aesthetic (color, opacity, texture) qualities designed with a high degree of control and intention. Control is achieved through the digital analysis and simulation workflow we designed to translate 2D image data into the 3D toolpaths that control the robotic/CNC equipment. The material and digital are synched into Bio.Scales' novel process.



For earlier stages of this research, see BIOGel Extrusions.
 
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