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Bionic Partition, 2016-ongoing

It was designed by The Living, Airbus, AutoDesk, APWorks and Bastian Schaefer and architect: David Benjamin. It is dated 2016-ongoing. Its medium is partition structure, cover and cabin attendant seat; partition parts from the printer; touch sample; video.

Two nature-informed algorithms underlie the design and manufacturing of an essential airplane part: the partition separating the cabin from the galley. One mimics the growth of slime mold, an organism that efficiently connects disparate points; the other replicates the growth properties of mammal bones by removing mass where strength is not needed. The resulting partition is lightweight, strong, and made with very little waste.

It is credited Courtesy of The Living, Airbus, Autodesk, and APWorks.

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