Roos Meerman and Lilian van Daal developed ‘Dynamorphosis, the beauty of inner mechanisms’ in collaboration with Renee Van Amerongen of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences of the University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam.This project merges the invisible biological process of the body with 3D printing, with attention to biology’s ability to self-assemble, transfer substances, and maintain equilibrium. The designers’ explorations test the potential of such systems as formal and functional inspirations for design. The result is a series of printed, kinetic objects. They illuminate the hidden beauty of biological processes in lungs, intestines, and breasts, that are continually underway but that are rarely seen or considered.
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 using 3D printed molds, Lilian and Roos were able to construct a complex balloon, which changes its volume in response to air pressure.
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 are 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. 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 peristaltic movements. It is 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 this design Lilian and Roos mimicked this proces by 3D printing different structures on textile.
This project is awarded with the Bio Art and Design Award 2016 and exhibited in the exhibition Fluid Matter in MU Eindhoven (Torenallee 40-06) from 2 December 2016 - 26 February 2017.
Concept: Roos Meerman and Lilian van Daal together with Renee van Amerongen
Electronics and technique: Joppe Spaans