Living manufacture: Principles for a microbial 3D printer

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This paper will introduce the Living Manufacturing Project to develop a novel digital manufacturing approach by integrating biological growth and digital fabrication to make 3D functionally graded materials and objects. The paper will introduce this concept and initial experiments which connect the design of bacteria at the genetic level with the development of a future digital infrastructure. We see this work as the basis of a new fabrication technique with potential applications in a wide range of areas, including biomedical applications, complex composites for high-performance manufacturing and novel consumer products and the potential to scale-up to create novel materials and structures for architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture: A Viable Urban Perspective?
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2022)
EditorsMarie Frier Hvejsel, Paulo J.S. Cruz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781003023555
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2022
EventICSA 2022: 5th International Conference on Structures and Architecture - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 6 Jul 20228 Jul 2022

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NameStructures and Architecture
PublisherCRC Press


ConferenceICSA 2022
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