WHAT: The BioGun is a distributed handheld extruder that enables the fabrication of bio/waste materials into useful objects in a new and personalised way.
HOW: The gun democratises making by hacking the function of an existing drill, using digital fabrication tools and accessible materials. By offering the practicality of mass-production machines into a handheld product, new forms of self-expression and creative exploration become possible.
WHY: The Biogun tackles the waste stream by providing new and fun ways of exploring biomaterials through an accessible and distributed specialist tool.
How might we design an accessible specialised tool for biomaterials using the main gun principle of practical use?
In the biomaterial world, most of the attempts of creating and utilising waste material have been resulting in a flat sheet form. The gun aims to alter the way of thinking and making with biomaterials, using digital fabrication tools (3D printing) and hacking existing accessible products (Aldi drill) into a handheld extruder.
By doing so, the device itself will enable a pioneering use of waste materials, transforming them into useful objects that carry a personal identity. This democratisation of the making process, allows new ways of making, exploring and self-expressing with biomaterials.