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"Bridging nature and technology will lead to new innovative solutions."


"Bridging nature and technology will lead to new innovative solutions."

Dynamorphosis - the beauty of inner mechanisms, merges the invisible biological processes of the body with 3D printing.

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BAD award winner

Roos Meerman, designer Fillip Studios
Renee van Amerongen, Swammerdam Institute

Type of work
Research, art installation

Production and material
3D printing

The human body has incredible abilities to self-assemble, transfer substances, and maintain equilibrium. The artworks of Dynamorphosis explore the potential of these 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.


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.


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.

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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.

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