Synapse CSIRO Residencies

ANAT’s Synapse CSIRO Residencies were offered for the first time in 2017. The residencies are hosted at the CSIRO’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Melbourne, and supported by Creative Victoria.

The 2017 Synapse CSIRO Residency partnerships are exploring:

  • 3D printed structures
    Artist Anton Hasell is working with Daniel East and the research team in Lab 22 – 3D Printed Structures, to test new methods of bell production and to analyse the frequency array of test castings and direct metal prints in order to create bell profiles that achieve predictable results.
    CSIRO’s Lab 22 provides access to metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies that promise high efficiency and productivity gains.

    Read Anton’s Synapse CSIRO blog here:

    Further information about Lab 22 here:
    Watch this video explaining the creation of a 3D-printed sternum.

  • Metal organic framework materials
    Artist Jiann Hughes is working with Xavier Mulet, JJ Richardson and the research team in Metal Organic Frameworks to investigate how such frameworks and their proposed biomedical applications might influence our understanding of what it is to be human.
    Metal organic framework materials are an advanced structure that is extremely ordered, porous and customisable. They grow in a crystal form and are extremely flexible, especially when combined with nanoparticles for additional functionality or attributes.

    Read Jiann’s Synapse CSIRO blog here:

    Further information about MOFs here:
    CSIRO’s Matthew Hill explains MOFs in this video.

  • Polymer coatings for cell adhesion
    Artist James Geurts is working with Richard Evans and his research team in Polymer Coatings for Cell Adhesion to examine connections between prebiotic polymers used in the lab environment and the origins of the primordial properties of the Murchison meteorite.
    CSIRO has developed an innovative new coating that could be used to improve medical devices and implants, thanks to the ‘primordial goo’ that is thought to be have been home to the building blocks of life.

    Read James’ Synapse CSIRO blog here:

    Further information about the uses of polymer ‘primordial goo’ here:
    This CSIRO blog contains an animation about ‘primordial goo’.

The Synapse CSIRO Residencies are supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


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