Watch: Silk Pavilion built with the help of 6,500 silkworms

June 03, 2013

Beginning with a CNC machine to lay down a primary structure of silk threads, the Mediated Matter research group at the MIT media lab then released a swarm of 6,500 silkworms at the bottom of the scaffold to spin non-woven silk patches to reinforce the gaps across the structure. The geometry of the base structure was created using an algorithm influenced by the silkworm's ability to generate a 3-dimensional cocoon. Watch a video after the jump!

via designboom