Neri Oxman and a group from the MIT Mediated Matter Group in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb have developed a technology to create digitally manufactured wearables with multi-material 3D printing machinery. the project, entitled ‘Wanderers: Wearables for Interplanetary Pilgrims’, was introduced as part of ‘The Sixth Element: Exploring the Natural Beauty of 3D printing’, at Euromold in Frankfurt.
Each of the wearables are designed to hold life sustaining elements contained within 3D printed vascular structures with internal cavities. According to the mediated matter group;
They’ve found a way to embed ‘living matter in the form of engineered bacteria within the 3D structures in order to augment the environment. Living matter within these structures will ultimately transform oxygen for breathing, photons for seeing, biomass for eating, biofuels for moving and calcium for building.’