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Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
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InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a thir…
Invent new tangible and embodied interactions that inspire and engage people
Changing storytelling, communication, and everyday life through sensing, understanding, and new interface technologies
Designing for, with, and by nature
OverviewDefeXtiles are thin, flexible textiles of many materials that can quickly be printed into a variety of 3D forms using an inexpensiv…
Optically transparent and structurally sound, glass has played a significant role in the evolution of product and architectural design acro…
Gemini—an acoustical “twin chaise"—spans multiple scales of the human existence extending from the warmth of the womb to the stretches of…
Biodiversity on planet Earth is under momentous threat, with extinction rates estimated between 100 and 1,000 times their pre-human level. …
Spinoff OPT Industries is scaling up production of novel metamaterials, such as swabs for Covid-19 testing.
This research track focuses on the use of computational (and experimental) techniques to understand the biomechanical behavior of human tis…
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design space.…
Hybrid Living Materials (HLMs) are formed by combining living and non-living materials such that the resulting composites take on the funct…
We present a multimaterial voxel-printing method enabling the physical visualization of data sets commonly associated with scientific imagi…
This research presents water-based robotic fabrication as a design approach and enabling technology for additive manufacturing (AM) of biod…
The Digital Construction Environment is the first architectural-scale structure fabricated with the Digital Construction Platform (DCP). U…
Novel technologies for additive manufacturing are enabling design and production at nature’s scale. We can seamlessly vary the physical pro…
The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales.The primary st…
Dr. Jifei Ou, who received his PhD and graduated from the Tangible Media group in 2019, started a company called OPT Industries, Inc.,…
MIT spinout OPT Industries uses novel additive manufacturing systems to create intricately-designed products.
Tulle-like DefeXtiles can be 3D printed with no custom software or hardware.
Shrinking problems in 3D printing Although a range of materials can now be fabricated using additive manufacturing techniques, these u…
A collaboration between CAST visiting artist Thom Kubli, Hiroshi Ishii, and members of the Tangible Media group.
Thom Kubli, in collaboration with the Tangible Media group, on the development of a machine that can 3D print objects light enough to float.
Artists and scientists from MIT united to create "Orbiting," an aerial archive of objects that trace the history of humanity.
In this work, we propose a novel fabrication method for 3D objects based on the principle of spooling. By wrapping off-the-shelf materials …
Whether or not we're experts in the design language of objects, we have an unconscious understanding of the emotional character of their fo…
Known as “WraPr,” the system presents a novel fabrication method for creating new or augmenting existing 3D objects with soft materials.
I thought I’d seen plenty of fab stuff done with filaments, but obviously I hadn’t seen it all. That’s pretty groovy.
Aguahoja—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—rethinks the paradigm of recycling.
A 3D printing system that controls the behavior of live bacteria could someday enable medical devices with therapeutic agents built in.
Researchers in alum Sean Follmer’s lab at Stanford are developing a touch-based display to make computer-aided design tools more accessible.
Researchers have come up with an innovation that will delight the fashion industry and people concerned about animal welfare: 3D-printed fur
In nature, hair has numerous functions such as providing warmth, adhesion, locomotion, sensing, and a sense of touch, as well as its well-k…
Envisioning the future (and challenges) of designing affordable technology-enabled mobility devices.
Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Mediated Matter head Neri Oxman talks to ELLE about her work.
A group at MIT created polymers derived from organic matter, printed by a robot, and shaped by water.
How the Mediated Matter group’s Aguahoja project transforms some of the most abundant materials on the planet into structural art.
Earth is surrounded by a cloud of defunct satellites that can be hazardous to working spacecraft—but it doesn't have to be that way.
Until now, we couldn’t print certain types of data models in 3D.
Media Lab spinoff Formlabs has become a unicorn.
1,000 clear plastic tiles assembled into a 10-by-12-foot circular installation with a heart-shaped cutout in the middle
Neri Oxman and a group of researchers from the MIT Mediated Matter group have developed a water-based digital fabrication platform.
Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity, set out to underline the close connections between art and technology.
Oh this? It's just my brain.
A method of 3D printing that lets scientists produce stunning, high-definition 3D copies of their data.
Glass II: 3D printing glass at the architectural scale.
Neri Oxman, architect, designer and professor at MIT Media Lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with her team, The Mediated Matter G…