Carapace is the component of the exoskeleton of many crustacean and insects that protects the cephalothorax. Its morphology varies with the species, assuming widely different configurations.
In many cases it is articulated in one or more shells with an heterogeneous distribution of voids on the surface and inside the volume. These configurations contribute to the shell’s stiffness and sometimes to the organism’s transpiration capability.
Aiming at reproducing a few qualities of carapace’s morphology in design, MHOX developeded a generative strategy to create and control the ornamental qualities of a shell object according to the position of the centers of its voids.