FLA Week3: Biomaterials - SCOPES Digital Fabrication

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Zulema Josa
Zulema Josa
Architect, designer and technology teacher.   Read More


Creative possibilities cooking biomaterials.

What You'll Need


240ml of water

48g of Gelatine


48g (elastic)

24g (normal)

0g (rigid)

Organic waste



A waterproof textile

A wood embroidery hoop or a board of non-porous material

A heather

A pot

A spoon

A balance




The Instructions

Start cooking

Prepare the ingredients, turn on the heater and start cooking.

Turn on the heater, pour 40ml of water, and mix in 48g of gelatine. Continue to stir and add the glycerol (48g if you want an elastic biomaterial, 24g if you want it normal, or 0g if you want it rigid).

Keep removing it until it thickens and before it boils.

You can add organic waste in the mixture to modify the texture and the mechanical proprierties of the material. In the mixture of the photo we added curcuma.



Pour the mixture into the mold

Pour the mixture into the mold.

Pour the mixture into the mold until there is a layer of about 50mm. In the mixture of the photo we added coffee brown.

Store the board flat for 4-6 days in a dry place, away from direct sunlight, air currents, and sudden changes in temperature.


Peel off the dry biomaterial

Peel off the dry biomaterial

After 5-7 days, we will see the results of our last week’s work on the molds. We won’t peel off our bioplastic if it is not completely dry. Otherwise, we will use a cutter to separate the perimeter of the bioplastic from the mold. After that, we will carefully separate the sheet with our hands.