PolyBrick 3.0: live signatures through DNA hydrogels and digital ceramics
by David Rosenwasser; Shogo Hamada; Dan Luo; Jenny E. Sabin
International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing (IJRAPIDM), Vol. 7, No. 2/3, 2018

Abstract: This paper reflects upon new questions of material compatibility through integrating advanced processes of additive manufacturing in ceramics with cutting-edge research in DNA hydrogel development. The work engages advances in material science, three-dimensional (3D) printing, micro-scale mould making, DNA hydrogels, and material practices derived from crafts, and computational design disciplines. The paper outlines innovative use of micro scale 3D printing technologies for the digital fabrication and production of nonstandard and inscribed ceramic block components. 3D printed ceramic blocks are differentiated via the first architectural component glazed with DNA hydrogel and impregnated with a living signature. Readily available 3D Printing technology is used to produce recognisable signatures containing decodable intelligence prescribed through DNA coding. We have designed a system that allows for 3D printed parts to exist at a microscale in the form of an architectural component and glaze mould, allowing for the opportunistic deposition of DNA intelligence.

Online publication date: Mon, 02-Jul-2018

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