BIOFABRICATION

BIOFABRICATION

Kombucha SCOBY fermenting in green tea and sugar

We need to have more diversity in our material choices. We are running out of oil for the petroleum-based materials and the increase in our population is problematic for acquiring the land needed to grow more natural materials. In today’s world, the only material we have plenty of, is ‘waste’. Alternative solutions are needed, and that is where biotechnology and synthetic biology come in.

Biofabrication is the new definition given to the material manufacturing where materials are grown, harnessing biological organisms. “This is a new design paradigm centred on cultivating materials with living cells. Organisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi, and algae are fermented and cultured to synthesize natures materials but with new properties.”

There is a whole new world of biofabricated materials that can be grown in a lab instead of a field, and could be a lot more sustainable than some of the current materials available.
At Material Design Lab we want to bridge the gap between science and design by helping students grow materials in a design lab.