A while back, we got a breathtaking email. Two people, Tim and Djinn, planned a cycling trip. Not just a trip, one that will take them all the way from Amsterdam to Sri Lanka! And they wanted to use the trip to raise money for a cause they believe in: a plastic free world. We were humbled to read they thought our work was worth supporting.
Several weeks of talking, planning and meeting Tim and Djinn (wonderful people!) later, they are about to leave! You can follow the epic trip on their website, Saddle Down Cycling.
Together with them, we are crowdfunding for a new piece of equipment in our community lab. An autoclave is an advanced pressure cooker, indispensable for research in biofabrication. It will be shared with community organisations, designers and artists in the open lab we inhabit (ReaGent in Gent)!
The glory days of our current autoclave are in the past. It is now blocking progress in our research and education activities. You can help us by donating an amount of your choice! :-)
Picture: This Glimps team member is so happy operating the old autoclave, imagine what a new one would do!
GLIMPS cvba commits to collaborations in sustainability. The problem of toxic products and materials is universal, so everyone should be part of the solution. We have deliberately opened up GLIMPS so that you can be part of it.
GLIMPS cvba is a cooperative in which you can become a cooperant if you make an investment. All cooperants have a vote in how GLIMPS does things, advised by the team of seasoned experts, so you can rest assured that your investment is in good hands. You’ll benefit if there is a profit.
Keep in touch if you are interested in becoming a cooperant once the time has come.
Designers who wish to develop products or concepts with biomaterials are welcome to join our collective. We support starters and professionals alike with expert technological experience. We encourage and facilitate collaborations between the various players on the biofabrication market so that they offer an efficient way out of top-down structures. This means that designers work together on one common goal, not out of their own interests but to help achieve something big together. Here, too, the pyramidal hierarchy largely disappears, with the role of the master-designer no longer being exaggerated compared to that of the artisans. Indeed, working with new tectonics, new materials, fades the boundary between the designer, the artisan and the scientist.
New forms of cooperatives with open-source strategies and constant involvement of all stakeholders are conceived in this context. We strive for a joint production in favor of the quality and aesthetics of objects. The aim is not to compete with wealthy production units of the free market economy, but rather to offer an alternative to the continuing need for change and sustainability. Our observations during the facilitation process are done with the greatest possible sensitivity.
The field of biofabrication investigates the requirements for products and materials made out of living organisms. Recent advancements in bio-engineering have opened new possibilities in our understanding of organisms down to the level of the genetics. Could these latest developments re-engineer the characteristics of organisms in order to realise desired properties in materials? Could the logic of life be mapped and engaged in design processes?
This forum is intended for discussions and to share knowledge about biofabrication, all kinds of biomaterials and related topics: mycelium materials, bio polymers, bioart, biodesign, fungi, ...
Open knowledge is at the core of what we believe, and we intend to build a body of knowledge that is readily usable for everyone. You can participate from everywhere in the world!
We have worked with, or are currently working with: