May 31, 2013
Long before the MakerBot hit its stride as a favored source for jewelry, chocolate goodies, and even hermit crab shells, silkworms had been 3D-printing their own houses for ages. In their pupal stage, the critters spin about a kilometer of silk thread into the cocoons that protect them as they develop into moths. Now the geniuses at the MIT Media Lab have figured out how to get the common silkworm to 3D print houses for us. Read more!